Val di Suga

Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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
  • Vintage Report

    • 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
  • Vinification

    • 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
  • Tasting Notes

    • 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.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
    • Alcohol: 14.50%
    • TA: 5.5 g/L
    • p H: 3.33
    • RS: <0.5 g/L

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Reviews

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Lago” – 2013 – The Wine Advocate – 93+ Points

    The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago (with 5,000 bottles made) sees fruit sourced from a vineyard site located in the northern part of the appellation. Unlike the Poggio al Granchio expression that is aged in new 300-liter French barrique, this wine is instead aged in large 30- and 50-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks...

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago – 2013 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5/20

    Mid ruby with orange tinges. Brooding and subdued nose. Closed palate that has a compact build. Firm, bitter-sweet tannins that do not overwhelm the fruit. Very slow to unfurl. Needs more time to show its colours.

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