Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90% Prugnolo Gentile 10% Merlot
Heavy rain in autumn 2003 enabled the soil layers to restabilize after the testing summer drought. The winter was cold and rainy with repeated fairly heavy snowfall. Thanks to the weather conditions, budbreak was delayed by 10-15 days even for more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-set, the weather was remarkably wet and cool (the lowest temperatures in the last 3-4 years). The vegetation developed well although with consistent delay through to veraison and ripening of the grapes. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary because the weather conditions caused over-production. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than average, when the grapes were perfectly healthy and ripe and showed a perfect balance of quantity and quality.
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.