Brancaia Ilatraia 2012
Sourced entirely from the Brancaia in Maremma estate vineyard, ILATRAIA is a full expression of this spectacular site. Characterized by desirable density and finesse, this complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc is dominated by layered dark fruit and spice notes including aniseed and blackberry. Backed by fine-grained, silky tannins, these notes give way to supple fullness on the palate as well as notes of violets, mineral and toast. With a signature lengthy finish, this wine is crafted exclusively from grapes ripened without irrigation.
Located just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, the rugged Brancaia in Maremma sits at the foothills of the Uccellina Mountains. This site, which has a west-southwest exposure, is temperate and made up of mostly sandy clay soils.
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La Brancaia, encompassing the two estates Brancaia and Poppi, has been owned by the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. It is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area and saw a vertical take-off when it's vintage 1983 won first place at a major Chianti Classico tasting. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality and a strong own identity, the continuous recognition of BRANCAIA was built up - spearheaded by the estates top-wine Brancaia IL BLU, being already a classic for many wine lovers all over the world. The wines come from a state-of-the-art cellar. The estate is managed by the oenologist and daughter of the owners, Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, together with her husband Martin Kronenberg. They enjoy consulting support by the brilliant oenologist Dr. Carlo Ferrini. La Brancaia is one of Tuscany's top wine-growing estates, winning national and international awards every year. Its wines are sold - and bought - all over the world.
Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.
A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.