Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
100% Prugnolo Gentile
A mild and rainy winter in 2009 led to a normal bud break in early April and, despite cooler temperatures in May, a warm late May created the conditions for a normal flowering and fruit set. After significant rainfall, the arrival of summer heat in July and August, along with ample ground water reserves, accelerated the growth and development of the vines. Dry end of season weather led gradually to a complete ripening, though with some irregularity, and at the harvested grapes were fully mature both in terms of sugars and of the sweetness of their aromas and the suppleness of their tannins. The wine is quite balanced in its fruit and fragrance, though not particularly full-bodied.
The grapes for the 2009 Santa Pia were harvested in early October, when properly ripe, with a selection of only the healthiest and most mature bunches. After destemming and a soft pressing, the grapes fermented for 20 days and the wine then aged for approximately 16 months in 80 and 130 liter oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation. A period of aging in stainless steel and tanks and then in bottle lasted a further 20 months before commercial release.
The wine is the fruit of a 38 acre (15 hectare) vineyard situated in the Santa Pia area of the township, one of the most highly rated spots for the production of superior Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The vineyard is planted to Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) which has been carefully selected over the years in order to create a cru which fully expresses the character of the zone. The La Braccesca estate, which extends over an overall surface area of 463 hectares (1144 acres), is composed of two separate blocks. The historic nucleus of the property is located in Montepulciano and consists of 103 hectares (some 255 acres) of vineyards planted in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile
A wine of great power and elegance, the 2009 Santa Pia offers a nose with notes of toasted tobacco along with blackberries and wild cherries. On the palate the attack is ripe and enveloping, the flavors firm in structure but with supple tannins. The finish features notes of vanilla and red berry fruit.