Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90% Prugnolo Gentile 10% Merlot
After a rainy and fairly cold autumn and winter, spring and summer 2003 will certainly be remembered as among the hottest and driest in recent years. Thanks to the dry, mild weather in spring, budding was promising and slightly earlier than average for all varieties and the conditions were subsequently excellent for flowering and fruit setting. From June onwards throughout the summer the weather conditions were unusual with very high temperatures and absolutely no rain. As a consequence, the grapes ripened early and immediately after 15th August the earliest ripening varieties showed very high sugar levels, due to a sort of natural auto-concentration. Production quantities were slightly lower due to the lack of water, especially where emergency watering was not possible. This trend continued steadily during the harvesting period, allowing us to wait for the best moment to pick the fruit, thus avoiding risks of damage to the grapes.
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 379 ha and is divided into two main blocks: the historical part of the estate is situated in the Montepulciano area and covers 86 ha of vineyards; the other covers 151 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.