Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013
- Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso 100% only from the "Vigna del Lago" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 23 ha (56.83 acres)
- Vine Age: 15 years
- Soil: Alternation between clay and strips of fine galestro
- Elevation: 270 meters (886 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: North - East to South - West
- Exposure: Northeast to soutwest
- Density: 5,050 vines/acre (7,143 vines/hectare)
- Training: Spurred cordon
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 October
Fermentation is traditional, like it used to be done in Montalcino (with temperatures reaching 30°C for several days, towards the end). 100% Malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak, followed by 24 months in bottle
Light garnet with very bright orange-ruby highlights. It is a Brunello of old. An elegant, subtle, soft wine with great volume but unmistakable lightness. The tannins are velvety. On the nose, notes of fresh cherries, violets and candied fruit are dominant.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
- Alcohol: 14.50%
- TA: 5.5 g/L
- p H: 3.33
- RS: <0.5 g/L
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013 – James Suckling – 92 Points
Quite reductive at first but opens up quickly with air to reveal orange peel, dried red cherries, cedar and paprika. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins, beautiful acidity and a medium-chewy finish. A stylish Brunello. Drink now or hold.