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La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015

Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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4.1 21 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers fruity aromas with violet and vanilla notes. On the palate, the wine is ripe, supple and balanced with tannins supported by a vein of acidity that brings out flavors of blackberry and cherry. The wine is persistent and mineral on the finish and aftertaste.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Ripe, vibrant cherry and blackberry fruit is accented by iron, leather and wild herb notes in this supple, harmonious red. Turns more linear as it evolves, ending in a long, mineral- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2029.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Fruity aromas of red berry unite with dark culinary spice and fragrant blue flower. On the soft juicy palate, supple tannins lithely support fleshy Marasca cherry, crushed blackberry and ground pepper. Drink through 2021.
JS 91
James Suckling
This has a very brambly nose with dried, dark fruit and almost too much balsamic character. But there’s some good licorice and spice, too. Structured and focussed on the palate, this frames blackberry flavors in compact tannins with a dash of fresh acidity. Drink in 2020.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The La Braccesca 2015 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano delivers a textbook performance of Sangiovese from the Montepulciano area of southern Tuscany. The wine opens to a garnet color with dark amber highlights. It moves over the senses with loosely knit, textured grain. On the nose, it shows generous aromas of blue and purple fruits, spice and toast. This is a carefully contemplated and executed expression; however, it stays true to that wild or slightly rustic personality that characterizes this appellation.
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La Braccesca

La Braccesca

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La Braccesca, Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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Located few kilometers from Montepulciano, where southeastern Tuscany borders Umbria and Lazio, La Braccesca Estate is immersed in a pristine environment greatly loved and admired by travelers from all over the world. Montepulciano is the land of renowned "Vino Nobile", a wine appreciated already centuries ago by the Medici family. In the early 1990s, the Marchesi Antinori brought their experience, respect for tradition and capacity for innovation to this land of history and culture.

One of La Braccesca's strengths is the harmony between the past and the future, reached through a strong knowledge of winemaking and a infinite passion for quality. These qualities represent the mission statement of a young dynamic winery in one of the most prestigious winemaking areas of Italy.

Montepulciano

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This significant Tuscan village—not to be confused with the red grape of the same name widely grown in Abruzzo and the Marche regions—was home to one of the first four Italian DOCGs granted in 1980.

Based on the Sangiovese grape (here called Prognolo Gentile), the village’s prized wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ranks stylistically in between Chianti Classico, for its finesse, and Brunello di Montalcino for its power. With a deep ruby color, heavy concentration and a firm structure given by the village's heavy, cool clay soils, most Vino Nobile di Montepulciano will demand some bottle age.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is among Italy's elite red grape varieties and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino

Elsewhere throughout Italy, Sangiovese plays an important role in many easy-drinking, value-driven red blends and on the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed success growing in California and Washington.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with qualities of tart cherry, plum, sun dried tomato, fresh tobacco and herbs. High-quality, well-aged examples can take on tertiary notes of smoke, leather, game, potpourri and dried fruit. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and fine-grained tannins create a perfect symbiosis with tomato-based dishes, braised vegetables, roasted and cured meat, hard cheese and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may actually contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines as a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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