Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2015
- Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso 100% only from the "Poggio al Granchio" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 18 ha (44 acres)
- Soil: Galestro soils (marl)
- Elevation: 400 - 450 meters (1,312 - 1,476 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: North - South
- Density: 5,050 vines/hectare (2,045 vines/acre)
- Training: Spurred cordon
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): Beginning of October
Once the grapes have been picked, they undergo pre-fermentation maceration at a low temperature (5-6° C, 41-43° F); fermentation takes place with particular control of the temperature (not over 27°C, 81° F), pumping over techniques and délestage in order to enhance the fruity and mineral component of the wine. 100% Malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 24 months in 60 hectoliter Slavonian oak vats, 6 months in concrete tanks, followed by 18 months in bottle
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese Grosso
- Alcohol: 14%
- TA: 5.49 g/L
- p H: 3.38
Intense ruby red, the nose is deep and of great complexity, the initial notes of blueberry alternate with notes of cinchona and graphite. The mouth is overcome by dense, elegant and juicy tannins that make it rocky but incredibly balanced. The flint return defines and allows us to recognize the exact minerality of the slope from which it was conceived. A Brunello that will be talked about for many years to come…!
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio — 2015 – Wine & Spirits – 91 Points
Broad and low-toned, its flavors of dried cherry layered with notes of underbrush and warm spice.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio — 2015 – Jeb Dunnuck – 95 Points
The 2015 Poggio a Granchio Brunello is aromatic with dried red fruits, violets, dusty sun-baked earth, and saddle leather. It offers gushy, dark cherry fruit upfront, licorice and mineral earth on the palate, and a fine-grained structure and balanced acidity that bring a weightless feel in the warmth of the vintage. Generous now, it will also be welcome to rest in the cellar for the next 2-5 years. Drink 2024-2036.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio — 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 94+ Points
Val di Suga makes three single-vineyard expressions of Sangiovese, and this is one of them. The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio comes from a sun-kissed 18-hectare plot located at the southeastern side of the appellation that also sees very cool nights, thanks to the soft breezes and diurnal shifts that come off the nearby Monte Amiata. You can see a sketch of this vineyard in the little drawing on the front label. Compared to the other wines in this series, this wine is distinguished by a thickly textured mouthfeel and warm aromas of dark plum and blackberry...
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2015 – Decanter – 93 Points
Poggio al Granchio is located in the southeastern sector of Montalcino. It reaches 450 metres above sea level and sees significant diurnal temperature differences. The resulting grapes are small and concentrated. The wine is given a short passage in barriques to fix the colour, then aged in large 60-litre oak vats. It takes time to open up and reveal notes of struck stone, dried lavender and currants. The relatively weighty palate is finely etched with dark fruit and a flinty edge. The substantial tannins are long and powdery, giving plenty of support.