La Braccesca

Climate

Winter was characterized by mild temperatures and abundant rainfall, which assisted in creating, after a significant dry spell, ample reserves of water in the ground. A significant rise in temperatures during the last ten days of April assisted the conclusion of bud-burst both in the case of the early-ripening grape variety (Merlot) and the late-ripening Sangiovese as well. Spring and summer were cool, favoring a regular growth and development of the vines and grapes and leading to a very slight delay in the achievement of full ripeness.

Vinification

The grapes were immediately destemmed and given a soft pressing, and the must went into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. After approximately ten days of skin contact, managed with the aim of fully bringing out the notes of fruit and flowers typical of the Sangiovese grape, the wine went through a twelve month period of aging in oak casks. The bottling, which took place during the spring of 2015, was followed by a further twelve month period of bottle aging.

Historical Data

La Braccesca extends over a total surface area of 1270 acres (508 hectares) once the property by the Bracci counts, who gave both their name and their coat of arms – an armoured arm holding an upright sword - to the estate. The total vineyard surface amounts to 850 acres (340 hectares) and is divided into two different blocks. The first, with 592 acres (237 hectares) of vineyards, is located on the boundary line between the two townships of Montepulciano and neighboring Cortona. The other block, 355 total acres of which 257 (104 hectares) are planted to vines, extends all the way to the city of Montepulciano itself and takes in three historic sub-zones for the production of outstanding red wine: Cervognano, Santa Pia, and Gracciano. The first vintage of the  La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG was produced in 1990.

Tasting Notes

A vivid ruby red in color, the wine shows a fresh nose of violets, red currants, and blackberries, well fused with light notes of cinnamon. The palate is both sweet and mineral in character, and the notes of berry fruit first felt on the nose blend with a light spiciness of flavor. The wine is long and persistent on the finish and aftertaste.

Awards

Wine Enthusiast 91/100 USA

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013

The Wine

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a blend of traditional Sangiovese with a small percentage of Merlot from the best sub-zones of the DOCG appellation. Vino Nobile has a distinctive, balanced and elegant character.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013

Winter was characterized by mild temperatures and abundant rainfall, which assisted in creating, after a significant dry spell, ample reserves of water in the ground. A significant rise in temperatures during the last ten days of April assisted the conclusion of bud-burst both in the case of the early-ripening grape variety (Merlot) and the late-ripening Sangiovese as well. Spring and summer were cool, favoring a regular growth and development of the vines and grapes and leading to a very slight delay in the achievement of full ripeness.

The grapes were immediately destemmed and given a soft pressing, and the must went into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. After approximately ten days of skin contact, managed with the aim of fully bringing out the notes of fruit and flowers typical of the Sangiovese grape, the wine went through a twelve month period of aging in oak casks. The bottling, which took place during the spring of 2015, was followed by a further twelve month period of bottle aging.

La Braccesca extends over a total surface area of 1270 acres (508 hectares) once the property by the Bracci counts, who gave both their name and their coat of arms – an armoured arm holding an upright sword - to the estate. The total vineyard surface amounts to 850 acres (340 hectares) and is divided into two different blocks. The first, with 592 acres (237 hectares) of vineyards, is located on the boundary line between the two townships of Montepulciano and neighboring Cortona. The other block, 355 total acres of which 257 (104 hectares) are planted to vines, extends all the way to the city of Montepulciano itself and takes in three historic sub-zones for the production of outstanding red wine: Cervognano, Santa Pia, and Gracciano. The first vintage of the  La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG was produced in 1990.

A vivid ruby red in color, the wine shows a fresh nose of violets, red currants, and blackberries, well fused with light notes of cinnamon. The palate is both sweet and mineral in character, and the notes of berry fruit first felt on the nose blend with a light spiciness of flavor. The wine is long and persistent on the finish and aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast 91/100 USA

Tenuta La Braccesca

Tenuta La Braccesca

The estate’s name comes from the historical farm that once stood there, owned by the Count of Bracci, whose coat of arms appears on the estate’s logo; an arm covered with armor brandishing a sword. Marchesi Antinori acquired the estate in 1990. The property extends over an area of 508 hectares (1255 acres) and the vineyards cover an area of 340 hectares (840 acres) divided into two blocks: the first is 366 hectares (904 acres) of which 237 (585 acres) are planted with vineyards and is located on the border between the cities of Montepulciano and Cortona. The other block is 142 hectares (350 acres) of which 103 (254 acres) are planted with vineyards, it extends all the way to Montepulciano encompassing three of the most famous parcels of land known for the production of great red wines: Cervognano, Santa Pia and Gracciano.

Soil

Soil

Sandy loam rich in very fine gravel.

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