Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
100% Prugnolo Gentile
A rainy autumn and a winter with rather low average temperatures and snow caused a 12-15 day delay in new plant growth compared to last year. As if to compensate for this delay, the advantageous meteorological conditions of the spring months were favorable for the maturation of the vines, which were able to develop 10 days earlier than usual. In addition, the months of June, July, and August ended up being rather "cool", characterized by average temperatures around 24° C and by abundant rains in the month of August. Although the rains created some problems for the ripening process and consequently for the harvest, in the end healthy and completely mature grapes were successfully collected. They were of the same superior quality as past harvests and showed great potential.
The grapes originating from the Santa Pia Vineyard, in the municipality of Montepulciano, attained the right degree of ripeness in the last days of September. After destemming, the grapes were gently crushed in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit and to prevent the problems of oxidation to the must. This was followed by maceration, which lasted about 20 days, during which the wine completed alcoholic fermentation at temperatures not exceeding 30° C. The wine was then put into French and Hungarian new-wood barrels, where malolactic fermentation was carried out. Barrel-aging continued for 15 months with several rackings. The wine was then bottled and aged for another 20 months approximately. Alcohol : 13.5% Vol.
This wine is produced from a 15-hectare vineyard located in Santa Pia, one of the most renowned areas for producing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The vineyard is planted with Prugnolo Gentile (a Sangiovese varietal) carefully selected over the years in order to obtain a vineyard selection that best expresses the character of this place. The La Braccesca estate, which altogether covers an area of 379 hectares, is composed of two separate bodies: the historic nucleus of the company is located in the zone of Montepulciano, with 86 hectares in the best sub-zones cultivated for the production of Nobile di Montepulciano. The other part of the vineyard, with 151 hectares, is located at the foot of the hills surrounding Cortona.
Intense and characteristically typical aromas, with hints of fruit and ripe berries. On the palate the wine is complex and well-structured with sweet and vibrant tannins.