Mezzo Braccio / 2010

Mezzo Braccio / 2010

The Monteloro estate is located seven miles (twelve kilometers) from Florence on hillsides behind Fiesole, deep in a landscape of vineyards, olive groves, and woods dotted with lovely villas and stone farmhouses. The property extends over 350 acres (140 hectares), some 135 of which are currently planted to vines, at an altitude of 1650 feet (500 meters) above sea level. The name of “Mezzo Braccio” comes from an old unit of surface measurement of the zone, to this day characterized by small parcels separated by banks and terraces, often divided by classic Tuscan stone walls, constructed without mortar. The irregularly topography of the estate, the important daytime to nighttime temperature swings, and the varying altitude of the vineyards all make the site a predestined spot for high level white wines. The area, in fact, has always been known as a place of summer sojourns for the Florentine nobility which came here, seeking cooler temperatures, an historical fact confirmed by the famous homes of Beatrice Portinari and Dante Alighieri, which look out over the vineyards of the estate. With the 2010 vintage the production of the estate was further enlarged to include Scarabrezza, a Tuscan IGT (Typical Geographical Indication) white wine, which now accompanies Mezzo Braccio, first produced in 2007.

Classification
Toscana IGT
Blend
100% Rhine Riesling
Climate

Bud break began slightly later than in 2009. This delay in development became even more marked over time, to the point that flowering took place ten days later than in 2009. The month of May was particularly rainy, even more so than in the preceding vintage, but without any negative influence on the various phases of vine development, which occurred with a regular cadence in line with normal seasonal averages.
Summer was characterized by lower than average temperatures compared to the previous five vintages, slowing down the ripening of the grapes but assisting an excellent conservation of their freshness and acidity. Ripening began during the first ten days of August and continued in a slow and regular fashion. Harvesting at the estate began with the Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc in early September and concluded in early October with the Riesling.

Vinification

Picking was done entirely by hand and the grape bunches, after destemming, were pressed as delicately as possible. The fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks and temperatures maintained constantly below 16° centigrade (61° Fahrenheit). The wine remained at 10° centigrade (50° Fahrenheit) until bottling, which took place in May of 2011 and was followed by a further six month period of bottle aging.

Tasting notes

A light straw yellow wine with golden highlights. The aromas are delicate and precise and are of good complexity with notes of apricots and acacia honey along with, in the background, spicy nuances of origan and hay. On the palate, ripe and sweet flavors of fruit are well sustained by a crisp and savory acidity. The characteristic varietal sensations of petroleum, which will increase in intensity with age, emerge with expressive force on the finish.