Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
100% Prugnolo Gentile
The winter was rather severe, especially with regards to minimum temperatures; while the springtime temperatures, which were quite mild and well-balanced, encouraged good vegetative regrowth. In this year, as had also happened in the previous three years, there was a slight delay in this phenological phase. Fruit setting and flowering took place normally thanks to warm temperatures which were around average. The months of July and August were hot, but without excessive peaks in high temperatures, and thus ripening took place gradually and in a normal manner. The vines nevertheless continued with the slight delay in development, and were harvested a bit later than usual. The consistent availability of water, in line with 2005, permitted the vines to survive the summer season without particular stress. The grapes ripened in a healthy manner and the rains of August did not cause any damage.
The grapes, which come from the Santa Pia Vineyard in Montepulciano, have reached the proper point of ripeness between the end of September and the first few days of October. After being collected, the grape bunches were destemmed and gently pressed in order to preserve their integrity and to prevent problems of oxidation of the must. The must was subsequently macerated in contact with its skins for approximately 20 days and completed alcoholic fermentation at a temperature not exceeding 30° C. The wine thus obtained was put into tonneaux of 3 and 5 hl capacity, where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was then aged for 15 months, during which period it was racked several times. The wine was then bottled and refined for about 20 additional months.
This wine is produced from a 15-hectare vineyard located in Santa Pia, one of the localities most well known for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The vineyard grows prugnolo gentile (sangiovese) grapes, which have been carefully selected over the years so as to obtain a cru which best expresses the characteristics of this area. The La Braccesca farm, which spans a total area of 420 hectares, is composed of two separate bodies: the historic nucleus of the winery is located in the community of Montepulciano, with 103 hectares of vineyards in the best sub-zones known for the production of Nobile di Montepulciano; the other, with 162 hectares of vineyards, is located at the foot of the hills surrounding Cortona.
With a vivid and intense red color, on the nose Santa Pia 2006 demonstrates all of its complexity, with intense aromas of ripe fruit well combined with vanilla hints deriving from wood contact. On the palate the wine is very smooth and enveloping, with soft tannins in the finish and aftertaste which leaves nice minerality and persistence in the mouth.