Val di Suga

Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso from the Val di Suga vineyards in Montalcino in its three historic zones. ( 35% from Vigna del Lago–40% from Poggio al Granchio–25% from Vigna Spuntali)
    • Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    • Size: 55 ha (136 acres)
    • Vine Age: 19 years
    • Soil: Clay, marl and sand
    • Elevation: 270–450 meters (886-1,476 feet) above sea level
    • Orientation: North to south
    • Density: 5,050 vines/acre (7,143 vines/hectare)
    • Training: Spurred cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Notes: Summer weather conditions during the first ten days of September, with constant sunshine and temperatures even above
      average, especially in daytime. During the day, temperatures reached 30°C (86°F) and above. Rather cool temperatures at night around 18°C (64°F). Ripening progressed well, registering a weekly increase of 1-1.5 alcoholic degrees. The second ten days were like the first, although temperatures were slightly lower; grape ripening progressed well.

    • Harvest Date(s): End of September to the end of October
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation and maceration take place at a controlled temperature of 25˚–30˚C (77˚–86˚F) in 150hl stainless-steel for 20-25 days. 100% Malolactic fermentation.

    • Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak followed by 12 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
    • Alcohol: 14.06%
    • TA: 5.6g/L
    • p H: 3.36
  • Tasting Notes

    • Red with garnet highlights. Rich, complex nose opens up immediately with dark cherry, chinotto orange and violet then with wider, more complex notes of blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon and chocolate with a menthol finish. In the mouth, this Brunello has a classic style, elegant tannins and a long finish.

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Reviews

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalciono DOCG – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    Elegant, balanced and shows a nice mix of berry fruit, with savory underbrush and mineral elements. This is firm and fresh, with a lingering aftertaste on the salty side.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino – 2013 – Vinous – 92 Points

    Good medium red-ruby. Musky aromas of ripe red cherry, spicy dark plum, tobacco, cedar and menthol. Then lively and perfumed but tight on the palate, showing lovely energy and focus to the flavors of cherry, spices and cedar. Finishes long, clean and youthfully imploded, with a firm tannic spine and enough fruit to stand the test of time. Lovely classic Brunello.

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