Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
The winter months were characterized by mild temperatures and by abundant rainfall which replenished, after a dry spell, reserves of ground water. During the last ten days of the month of April a sharp rise in temperatures assisted the conclusion of the bud burst of the Sangiovese grapevines. Spring and summer were cool, favoring a regular growth and development of the vines and only slightly delaying the ripening of the grape bunches.
The Sangiovese grapes of the Santa Pia vineyard were picked entirely by hand around the middle of the month of October. After the destemming and a soft pressing of the berries, the must went into stainless steel tanks where it fermented at temperatures kept constantly under complete control to fully conserve the typical varietal aromas of Sangiovese. The fermentation lasted for 20 days, after which the wine went into 130 gallon (500 liter) puncheons first for the malolactic fermentation and successively for a twelve month period of aging. The bottling was followed by a 20 month period of bottle aging before commercial release.
This Vino Nobile Riserva is the fruit of a 37 acre (15 hectare) vineyard in the Santa Pia area of Montepulciano, one of the most renowned sub-zones for the production of high level Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The La Braccesca estate extends over a total surface area of 1270 acres (508 hectares) and consists of two separate blocks: the historic nucleus of the property is in Montepulciano with 270 acres (108 hectares) of vineyards located in the finest areas for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, while the other block, with over 590 acres (237 hectares) of vineyards, is situated at the foot of the hills which surround the city of Cortona.
An intense ruby red in color, the wine presents aromas of leather and tobacco along with ripe red fruit and quinine. The palate is savory, full and ample with supple and silky tannins. The finish and aftertaste are long and persistent.