Sabazio

Clima

The 2015 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with normal precipitation and by a warm spring with temperatures above customary seasonal averages, weather which caused a significantly early bud burst and perfect growth and development of vine vegetation. The hot and dry summer assisted the vines to grow the grape bunches and commence a ripening process which continued with much regularity. Picking began during the last ten days of the month of September.

Vinification

The fermentation aimed at maximizing aroma and fragrance and fully bringing out the tonic acidity, savor, and mineral character which distinguish the style of this wine. Once the grapes had been run off their skins, the wine was put through a complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, where the wine then aged for four months. Bottling took place during the spring of 2016.

Historical Data

Fattoria La Braccesca extends over a total surface area of over 1,250 acres and is composed of two separate blocks: the historic nucleus is located in the town of Montepulciano with some 255 acres planted to vines in the finest sub-zones of the appellation. The other block, with 580 acres of grapes, is situated at the foothills of the town of Cortona. The name of the wine was inspired by Sabatino Lulli, known as Sabazio, a monk of the abbey of Montepulciano, who, for first, in medieval times, offered indications for the production of wine at Montepulciano. The first production of this wine in the zone dates from the 1992 vintage.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Sabazio shows a nose of fresh floral and fruity sensations with its notes of red currants and violets. The palate is vibrant and savory with a sweet, fruity and persistent finish and aftertaste.

Awards

Wine Spectator 90/100 USA

Sabazio Vino Rosso di Montepulciano 2015

The Wine

Sabazio Vino Rosso di Montepulciano has the freshness associated with the traditional Sangiovese variety together with vibrant aromas characteristic of Merlot in a unique expression of the centuries-old Montepulciano territory. The wine takes its name from Sabatino Lulli, known as “Sabazio”, a monk from the Montepulciano Abbey who was the first to give indications on how to produce wine from the local varieties.

Sabazio Vino Rosso di Montepulciano 2015

The 2015 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with normal precipitation and by a warm spring with temperatures above customary seasonal averages, weather which caused a significantly early bud burst and perfect growth and development of vine vegetation. The hot and dry summer assisted the vines to grow the grape bunches and commence a ripening process which continued with much regularity. Picking began during the last ten days of the month of September.

The fermentation aimed at maximizing aroma and fragrance and fully bringing out the tonic acidity, savor, and mineral character which distinguish the style of this wine. Once the grapes had been run off their skins, the wine was put through a complete malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, where the wine then aged for four months. Bottling took place during the spring of 2016.

Fattoria La Braccesca extends over a total surface area of over 1,250 acres and is composed of two separate blocks: the historic nucleus is located in the town of Montepulciano with some 255 acres planted to vines in the finest sub-zones of the appellation. The other block, with 580 acres of grapes, is situated at the foothills of the town of Cortona. The name of the wine was inspired by Sabatino Lulli, known as Sabazio, a monk of the abbey of Montepulciano, who, for first, in medieval times, offered indications for the production of wine at Montepulciano. The first production of this wine in the zone dates from the 1992 vintage.

The 2015 Sabazio shows a nose of fresh floral and fruity sensations with its notes of red currants and violets. The palate is vibrant and savory with a sweet, fruity and persistent finish and aftertaste.

Wine Spectator 90/100 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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