La Braccesca

Climate

The 2017 vintage will be remembered for lower than average yields but with grapes that reached peak ripeness producing wines with pronounced varietal aromas typical of the Sangiovese berry and possessing excellent aging potential. The winter season was marked by lower than average temperatures and little rainfall. During the month of April when budburst was already completed, the area was hit by a spring frost that caused a loss in quantity but did not affect the quality of the grapes. Light rain at the beginning of May gave way to a hot dry summer season that benefitted from warm breezes.  Harvesting began on the 6th of September with Merlot and ended on the 27th of September with Sangiovese.

Vinification

Sangiovese grapes underwent fermentation phases that were aimed at preserving the freshness of the fruit and its aromatic profiles. The must was left to macerate on the skins for a period of 10 days and the resulting wine was transferred to large barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. Aging continued in the barrels for approximately 12 months. The wine was bottled in spring 2019 and continued to age in the bottle for approximately one year.

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

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017 is intensely ruby red in color. The nose combines notes of fresh red fruit with pleasant hints of vanilla. The palate is well balanced, supple, and remarkable for its silky tannins and pleasurable freshness. It has a distinctive lengthy finish.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017

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 2017

The 2017 vintage will be remembered for lower than average yields but with grapes that reached peak ripeness producing wines with pronounced varietal aromas typical of the Sangiovese berry and possessing excellent aging potential. The winter season was marked by lower than average temperatures and little rainfall. During the month of April when budburst was already completed, the area was hit by a spring frost that caused a loss in quantity but did not affect the quality of the grapes. Light rain at the beginning of May gave way to a hot dry summer season that benefitted from warm breezes.  Harvesting began on the 6th of September with Merlot and ended on the 27th of September with Sangiovese.

Sangiovese grapes underwent fermentation phases that were aimed at preserving the freshness of the fruit and its aromatic profiles. The must was left to macerate on the skins for a period of 10 days and the resulting wine was transferred to large barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. Aging continued in the barrels for approximately 12 months. The wine was bottled in spring 2019 and continued to age in the bottle for approximately one year.

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.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017 is intensely ruby red in color. The nose combines notes of fresh red fruit with pleasant hints of vanilla. The palate is well balanced, supple, and remarkable for its silky tannins and pleasurable freshness. It has a distinctive lengthy finish.

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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