A mild winter, characterized by temperatures regularly above the freezing point, together with an equally favorable spring and with little rainfall, led to an early start to the growing season of the vine. Bud growth and development were favored by warm days and regular rainfall, and the excellent temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness during the month of August helped to bring the grapes to an optimal state of ripeness. Warm and sunny September weather led to a Sangiovese harvest of perfectly ripe grapes.
The selection of the grapes to be used for the Riserva Vigna Ferrovia took place in two different phases. The first, a bunch thinning (also known as “green harvest”) was carried out during the first two weeks of July in order to assure a correct number of grape bunches per cane. The second, instead, just before the harvest itself, left only the finest bunches on the vine. After destemming and a soft pressing, the grapes and their juice fermented on their skins in oak for a period of approximately twenty days during which the cap of skins was gently punched down to insure the most delicate extraction possible, one which fully respected the integrity of the fruit and the tannins. The malolactic fermentation took place in small oak barrels, where the wine was also aged for the first six months only to be transferred into 800 liter casks for the following twelve months and then into 1600 liter casks for the final twelve months. The wine which was obtained was bottled on April 3, 2012 and then given a final aging in bottle for over a year before commercial release.
A deep ruby red in color with occasional garnet highlights, the 2007 Vigna Ferrovia show a complex nose featuring focused aromas of ripe red fruit, liquorice, tobacco leaves, violets, quinine, coffee, and graphite. On the palate the wine is supple, round, ripe, and flavorful, complex on the finish and aftertaste where notes of wild cherries, walnuts, and balsamic sensations are felt.
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Vignaferrovia is only produced in the finest vintages from the grapes of a small 4 hectare (10 acre) parcel in the vineyard adjacent to the 19th century railway station on the estate. The soil is principally calcareous clay rich in small stones. The wine is elegant and captivating, characterized by a dense tannic structure complemented by freshness and sweetness. The first vintage of Vignaferrovia to be produced was 2004. It was not produced in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
The Vignaferrovia vineyard takes its name from a characteristic old nineteenth century railway station still located a short distance from the vines.
The Vignaferrovia vineyard grows on rocky, gravelly soils, a condition that naturally limits the grapevine’s growth rate and enhances the quality of the berries.
Southwestern vineyard exposure allows sea breezes to mitigate hot summer temperatures and limit heat spikes.
The Antinori family wanted to give their own deeply personal interpretation of the historic wine, Brunello di Montalcino.
The 2016 growing season began with very little rainfall in winter and a mild spring. These climatic conditions prompted slightly earlier bud break and flowering, while fruit set occurred normally. Summer was cooler than 2015 yet temperatures rose above seasonal averages especially during July and August. Light precipitation during the month of September and the resulting cooler temperatures allowed the grapes to progress to optimal ripeness, boosting Sangiovese’s freshness and imparting soft, well-balanced tannins. Grapes for Vignaferrovia were harvested between the end of September and the beginning of October.
A meticulous selection of grape clusters and favorable climate trends brought intact and perfectly ripe grapes to the cellar. The berries were destemmed and gently crushed then transferred into stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place. Maceration on the skins lasted for a period of approximately 3 weeks, and once concluded, the wine began a period of aging in oak. This gradual, balanced aging process took place over two years starting in small 5 hl barrels progressing to 30 hl capacity barrels. Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia was bottled and began a lengthy period of aging in the bottle.
The Pian Delle Vigne estate is located 6 kilometers (3.5 miles) southwest of Montalcino. Its name comes from the eponymous area where a characteristic nineteenth century railway station is located. The property consists of 460 total acres (184 hectares), 160 of which (65 hectares) are planted to vines with generally a south-western exposure at an altitude of 430 feet (130 meters) above sea level. The estate, since the very beginning, has followed a philosophy based on aging in large casks capable of preserving the exceptional integrity and fruit of the Sangiovese grapes and endow this Brunello with a characteristic vibrant elegance. Pian delle Vigne has belonged to the Antinori family since 1995, the the year of the first Pian delle Vigne vintage. Vignaferrovia is produced only in superior vintages from a small, 10 acre (4 hectare) vineyard plot adjacent to the 19th century railroad station and perched on soils which consist principally of clay and calcareous elements, rich in small stones as well. It was not produced in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia 2016 is ruby red in color with light garnet reflections. Its complex and intense nose offers notes of ripe plums and Morello cherries that merge with aromas of dried flowers, lavender, sandalwood, and herbs from the Mediterranean scrub. Its bouquet is completed by pleasant sensations of cocoa powder, sweet spicy hints of cinnamon, cloves, and a vibrant sanguine note, typical of Sangiovese. On the palate, Vignaferrovia has a rich, compact entry with soft silky tannins that together with its lively, fresh character, makes the wine intense, refined, with a persistent finish. Notes of leather, tobacco, and fresh balsamic sensations, almost minty, define its finish together with aromas of ripe Morello cherries and bitter cocoa.
The Pian Delle Vigne estate is located 6 kilometers (3.5 miles) southwest of Montalcino. Its name comes from the eponymous area where a characteristic nineteenth century railway station is located. Pian delle Vigne stretches out over an area of 184 hectares (454 acres) of which 65 hectares (160 acres) are planted with vineyards that grow at an altitude of approximately 130 meters (426 feet) above sea level and enjoy a southwestern exposure. The estate’s namesake wine, Pian delle Vigne, represents Marchesi Antinori’s deeply personal interpretation of a prestigious and traditional wine such as Brunello di Montalcino. The Antinori family acquired the estate in 1995, the same year the first Brunello Pian delle Vigne was harvested.
Calcareous clay soil with an abundance of fine gravel and stones.