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 – 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.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2015 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points
Ripe, featuring sweet plum, cherry, balsamic and iron notes, this is powerful and expressive. Dense tannins underlie the fruit on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2040. 750 cases made, 150 cases imported.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2015 – Vinous – 94 Points
Full, deep red. Aromas of blueberry, red cherry cola, violet, coffee and smoke, complicated by balsamic undertones. An absolutely beautiful wine that is already sweet, pliant and accessible, but with a solid, polished spine nicely framing the musky red fruit, mocha, and licorice flavors and ensuring a long life ahead. Clearly deeper than the regular and Vigna al Lago 2015 Brunellos, this finishes long and suave. Made with grapes picked in a vineyard in the southeastern sector of Montalcino. This 2015 is excellent.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2015 – James Suckling – 94 Points
Purity of cherries and watermelon comes through here with some fresh, floral character to the aromas. Medium to full body. Round and fruit-laden tannins follow through to a flavorful finish with lovely fruit. Better after 2021.