Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90% Prugnolo Gentile, 10% Merlot
The vintage was characterized by very scarce rainfall in spring and early summer, leading to the formation of very small grape berries and, as a result, a high ratio of skins to juice. The vines began to absorb a bit of water after mid-August rains, and the berries began to grow in size, even though they suffered in addition a slight dilution in the sugar content accumulated up to that point. Sugars began to rise again in the following weeks thanks to mild and sunny weather during the ripening period without, however, reaching the elevated levels which are more common in hot vintages such as 2012. These two phenomenon led to wines rich in substance and structure but very balanced as well, without excessive levels of alcohol.
Thanks to the August rains, the grapes which were harvested were not excessively high in sugars and were quite balanced in terms of acidity and aroma. The period of skin contact during fermentation lasted fifteen days, and the wine subsequently went into large oak casks, where it was put through through a complete malolactic fermentation and began an aging period of over twelve months. The wine was bottled during the spring of 2014 and then aged for a further twelve month period.
La Braccesca estate, with an overall surface area of some 1170 acres (471 hectares), consists of two separate blocks: the historical nucleus of the property, with over 255 vineyard acres (103 hectares) planted in the finest sub-zones for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is located in the township of Montepulciano; the other block, of some 530 acres of vines (213 hectares), is situated at the foot of the hills surrounding the city of Cortona. The first vintage of the estate’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to be produced was the 1990.
A brilliant ruby red in color, the 2012 La Braccescoa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, together with its spicy notes, shows aromas of berry fruit, in particular blackberries and blackcurrants. Full and supple on the palate with flavors of blackberries and red berry fruit along with tobacco and spice, its tonic acidity and its firm tannins make it a savory and mineral wine.