Antinori La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Today, the historic site is owned by the Antinori Family – whose family has made wines since the 14th century. They had previously not had any land around the town of Montepulciano and when the magnificent property became available, they acquired it in 1990 and spared no expense renovating and replanting the vineyards to become what it is today – a modern winery in a historic setting with one foot in the past and one in the future.
La Braccesca has quickly become one of my favorite Italian wines in the store. It is an absolute stunning example of how good Sangiovese can be, without breaking the bank! This Nobile is 100% Sangiovese, and spends 12 months in new oak, and rests a full year in bottle before release. This is one of the rare Italian wines that is outstanding to taste now, and will gracefully age for many years to come – 5 to 10 years in a good cellar! This wine is an intense ruby red in color, and offers fruity aromas with notes of violets and vanilla. The palate is ripe, supple, balanced and with tannins supported by a pleasurable vein of acidity, which brings out the flavors of blackberries and cherries. This wine finishes very long on the palate and has a great aftertaste that just makes you want more! This wine is great with all sorts of food – not just Italian pastas and cheese, but also steaks, prime rib, or burgers and pizza!
92 Points Wine Spectator
90 Points Robert Parker
Size: 750 mL
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