Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
80% Prugnolo Gentile 20% Complementary varieties
The beginning of spring saw a good amount of rain and slighty higher temperatures than the seasonal average, which favored a slight anticipation of the budding phase. In the following period, average temperatures and rainfall led to excellent flowering and vegetative cycle. Rains at the beginning of summer maintained a good plant growth equilibrium which lasted throughout the month of August. Notwithstanding the high day temperatures, nights were cool and assured the full ripening of all grape varieties. As a result, the ripening of the grapes proceeded optimally, guaranteeing the presumption of an excellent harvest.
A very careful selection of the grapes from the vineyards of '#La Braccesca#' was made at harvest time. The grapes were then destemmed and crushed and maceration took place over a period of 15-20 days during which time the wine also completed its alcoholic fermentation at a temperature not exceeding 27-30°C. The wine was then racked and had completed its malolactic fermentation within the end of the year. After this the majority of the wine aged for a period of 12 months in barrels of different capacity, while a small part was aged in barriques. After blending 'Vino Nobile' was bottled and then further aged for 12 months.
Alcohol : 13,5% Vol.
La Braccesca estate, on the whole has a total size of approximately 342 ha and is divided into two main blocks: the historical part of the estate is situated in the Montepulciano area and covers 78 ha of vineyards; the other covers 165 ha of vineyards, and is situated at the foot of the hills around Cortona. This area has demonstrated to be a best-suited area for the production of syrah and this is the area where we are building up the new cellars. The first vintage Vino Nobile La Braccesca to be released was the 1990 vintage.
On the nose, intense and typical aromas of fruits with a delicate hint of vanilla. On the palate is structured and well-balanced.