Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese), 10% Merlot
After a rainy winter, but one with temperatures which were not particularly cold, a normal spring climate led to an excellent flowering. A cool period which lasted up until the early part of August favored an optimal development of vine vegetation. Temperatures then rose substantially and remained quite high until September 17th; the typical temperature swings between daytime heat and evening and nighttime coolness typical of the late summer season lacked as well, slowing the ripening of such precocious varieties as Merlot. Once normal weather returned, however, other grape varieties were able to complete their ripening cycle. The resulting wines were characterized by a good structure and balanced aromas.
The rise in temperatures in August of 2011 and their return to normal levels in the final phases of the ripening of the Sangiovese grapes led to structured wines with fresh and expressive aromas. The fermentation, accordingly, aimed to conserving the pleasurable fruity notes of the musts without excessively pushing extraction, given the “generous” character and personality of the grapes. The period of skin contact lasted approximately fifteen days and was followed by an month aging period in large casks, where it had also take the malolactic fermentation for twelve months. The wine was bottled in the spring of 2013 and was then given an additional twelve month period of bottle aging before commercial release.
The La Braccesca estate, which extends over an overall surface area of 420 hectares (1050 acres), is composed of two separate blocks. The historic nucleus of the property is located in Montepulciano and consists of 103 hectares (some 255 acres) of vineyards planted in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, while the other block of 405 acres (162 hectares) is situated at the foot of the Cortona hills. The first vintage of the La Braccesca Vino Nobile was the 1990.
A brilliant ruby red in color, the wine shows aromas of red currants and blackberries accompanied by light notes of violets and tobacco. Full and supple on the palate, the flavors once again show red fruit together with delicate notes of vanilla and tobacco. The wine is soft on the finish with balanced tannins and acidity, which add to its savor and persistence.