Val di Suga

Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015

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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

    • The seasonal trends were simply perfect! Winter was not very rainy and temperatures were average for the season. Spring was mild, accompanied by good rainfall in March and April. That made up for a dry winter, and then a fairly dry May. Summer was hot, but always accompanied by rainfall that helped avoid water stress and allowed fruit to have a phenolic ripeness typical of the great vintages. The early September rains lowered the summer temperatures, delaying ripening and creating a slow veraison.

    • Harvest Date(s): First half 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: 24 months in Slavonian oak barrels and 12 months in concrete tanks before spending at least 12 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

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

    • This is a very concentrated Brunello that combines intense notes of blood orange with a hint of chinotto mixed with complex Mediterranean spices (Helichrysum Thyme and Broom Flowers). It is a wine with a strong nerve, a vibrant acid structure that sustains a concentrated mouthfeel, rich in silky tannins. The finish is extremely long and soft.

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  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    Elegant, offering cherry, sanguine, iron, earth and tobacco flavors. Sleek and vibrant, with a lingering aftertaste of mineral and tobacco. Best from 2023 through 2038. 10,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    A dense and linear red with medium to full body, chewy tannins and a slightly extracted finish.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – 2015 – Decanter – 92 Points

    As of the 2015, all of Val di Suga's wines spend less time in wood to curb Sangiovese's tendency to oxidise. This wine brings together grapes from all three of Val di Suga's distinct vineyard sites in equal proportions. Fragrant orange and raspberry notes progress into darker, earthier nuances. There is a saline edge and a gentle grip holding together lush fruit. It's a touch short but still bright and tangy on the finish.

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