Pian delle Vigne 2012
The Pian delle Vigne estate, located six kilometers to the south of the town of Montalcino above the Orcia river valley, has belonged to the Antinori family since 1995. It takes its name from a typical railroad station of the 19th century situated within the estate’s confines and still in use.
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The Pian delle Vigne estate is located 3.5 miles (6 kilometers) south of Montalcino and takes its name from a typical 19th century railroad located on the property. The estate consists of some 460 total acres (184 hectares), approximately 165 of which are planted to vines. The vineyards have a predominantly southeastern exposure and their altitude varies from 430 to 660 feet (130-200 meters) above sea level. The calcareous clay soil is rich in small stones.
A particularly warm early spring led to a very precocious development of vineyard vegetation. The vines began to bud in early April, and the spring months of May and June were characterized by successive periods of rain and warmth and sunshine. This pushed growth ahead of the normal schedule up through the month of July. August saw a decisive rise in temperatures, leading to a rapid ripening and high sugar levels in the grapes. The harvest took place over a lengthy period of time, from mid-September all the way through the first ten days of October.
After a careful selection both in the vineyard and in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed and delicately pressed; the must then went into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks where it fermented and remained on its skins at a temperature of 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade) for an overall period of approximately three weeks. The wine was put through a complete malolactic fermentation and then began its aging period in 30 to 80 hectoliter (8,000-21,000 gallon) oak casks. After more than two years of aging, the wine was bottled in April of 2014.
A brilliant ruby red with garnet highlights in color, the aromatic impact of the wine is warm and complex with spicy and balsamic notes which emerge along with raspberry, cherry, and ripe plum fruit. The palate is savory with elegant and silky tannins, the character is that of great Sangiovese, both important and highly pleasurable.
Alcohol content: 14,5%
Volume: 75 cl.
Grape: Sangiovese 100%
Name: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
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