Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90% Prugnolo Gentile, 10% Merlot
The winter of 2008-2009 was quite rainy and was marked by somewhat mild temperatures, but the beginning of plant activity occurred during the same period as the preceding vintage and bud break took place, as usual, during the first fifteen days of April. A notable drop in temperatures which lasted from April 20th until mid-May slowed down this phase of the vine cycle, but the rapid and significant rise which followed in late May and early June brought things back into balance and the bud set, in early June, was well within the seasonal average. Frequent precipitation between the end of spring and the beginning of summer favored the development of vine vegetation. A steep rise in temperatures, to a point well above normal levels, between mid-July and early August accelerated the ripening of the grapes and a further growth in vegetation, given an importance presence of ground water in the soil. A dry and mild September lengthened the final phase of ripening and resulted in a gradual and differentiated achievement of final ripeness both from the point of view of the accumulation of the sugars and the physiological ripeness of the grapes. The wines are quite balanced in terms both of fruit and fragrance though not particularly full-bodied.
After a long summer, temperatures fell during the second half of the month of September, assisting an excellent ripening of the grapes. The harvest, consequently, brought ripe and healthy grapes to the cellars, pure in their expression of their fruit as a direct result of the lower temperatures during this final phase of the ripening cycle. After a fifteen day fermentation, the wine went into cask, where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and began a twelve month period of aging. In July of 2010 the wine was bottled and was then given a further twelve months of bottle age before commercial release.
The La Braccesca farm, which extends over a total surface area of 420 hectares (approximately 1037 acres) consists of two distinct and separate blocks: the historic nucleus, located in Montepulciano, includes 103 hectares (some 254 acres) of vineyards in the appellation’s finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, while the second, with 162 hectares (approximately 400 acres) is situated at the foot of the hills which surround the city of Cortona. The first Vino Nobile di Montepulciano produced by La Braccesca was the 1990 vintage.
The wine shows ripe fruit on the nose along with notes of tobacco and spice. On the palate, the cherry and blackberry fruit is felt along with balanced tannins which give the wine suppleness and elegance. The finish is long and mineral in flavor, typical of the Sangiovese of Montepulciano.