Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
100% Prugnolo Gentile
The winter of 2009-2010 was rainy and cold. The bud burst of the vines took place around mid-April, and the rains during the flowering did not disturb bud set. A cool summer and a warm, dry September led to a slow and gradual ripening of the grapes and allowed the harvest to be delayed and to be carried out over an extended and carefully calculated period of time. Picking began in mid-September and concluded almost at the end of October. The careful and professional management of the vineyard and a favorable climate during the growing season gave grapes of excellent quality.
The grapes of the Santa Pia vineyard, one with a very important potential for high level Prugnolo Gentile due to its excellent soil and microclimate, were picked during the first ten days of October. After a rigorous selection of the finest bunches, the grapes were destemmed and given a soft pressing. The fermentation lasted approximately 20 days, after which the wine went into 60 and 80 gallon (225 and 300 liter) oak barrels, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and aged for 16 months. The wine was then bottled and given a further 20 months of bottle aging 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 di Montepulciano, while the other block of 526 acres (213 hectares) is situated at the foot of the Cortona hills.
The 2010 Santa Pia reflects the character of its vintage, one which - thanks to the favorable climate of the growing season - assisted in the production of wines of great structure and elegance. The nose shows notes of tobacco and pepper along with ripe red fruit. The palate is sweet with velvety tannins, together with savory mineral notes that give further expressiveness to the wine’s aromas, bringing back the red fruit together with tobacco and vanilla. The finish and the aftertaste are savory and long.