Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2013
- 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
Summer weather conditions during the first ten days of September, with constant sunshine and above average temperatures. 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): 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: 30 months in French oak (combination 3 to 60 hectoliters); 24 months in bottle
Intense ruby-red color with violet glints. Explodes on the nose with fresh fruit reminiscent of cherries in spirit, red currants, blackberries and myrtle. On the palate, an unmistakable subtle entry with very long, silky tannins. A sapid, mineral finish that only this area can give Sangiovese.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- TA: 5.5 g/L
- p H: 3.38
- RS: <0.8 g/L
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2013 – James Suckling – 94 Points
This shows lovely depth on the nose with dark licorice, dried fruit, red meat, blood oranges and Indian spices. Full-bodied and intense, but with real linearity carved out by the bright acidity and firm, grainy tannin backbone, which help to delineate the red-fruited core and lead to a long finish. Drink in 2020.