Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
Prugnolo Gentile, Merlot
The 2014 vintage was characterized by a winter with above average temperatures and rainfall. Spring was warm and dry, and the weather accelerated the various phases of the growing season. The summer months, instead, were marked by cool temperatures and frequent rainfall, leading to a variegated ripening of the different grape varieties cultivated. The picking of the Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) began during the first week of October and gave elegant and fragrant wines with a moderate level of alcohol. The Merlot harvest was in line with previous years and gave pleasurable wines characterized by an attractive freshness and aromatic personality.
The Sangiovese grapes were given a fermentation which aimed at conserving the fragrance and the freshness of the fruit. After approximately ten days of maceration, the wine went into large oak casks where it went through a complete malolactic fermentation and then aged for period of approximately twelve months. After the bottling, which took place during the spring of 2016, the wine was given an additional twelve months of bottle aging before commercial release.
The La Braccesca estate extends over a total surface area of 1270 acres (508 hectares) and consists of two separate blocks: the historic nucleus of the property is in Montepulciano with 270 acres (108 hectares) of vineyards located in the finest areas for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, while the other block, with over 590 acres (237 hectares) of vineyards, is situated at the foot of the hills which surround the city of Cortona.
An intense ruby red in color, the wine presents a fruity nose with additional notes of vanilla and violets. The palate is smooth with intense sensations of blackberries and cassis along with well integrated hints of spices. The finish and aftertaste are long, savory, and sustained.