Maggiarino Antinori 2017 Vino Nobile Montepulciano Docg
Il Bruciato was born in 2002, in one of the most difficult vintages of Tenuta Guado al Tasso, in order to tell and make known in a modern style the unique terroir of Bolgheri. Carefully selected Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes come from vineyards located on soils with a ‘wide geological variability capable of expressing great complexity.
The 2017 vintage, characterized by low production and excellent grape ripening, gave the wine excellent potential, enhancing its typical varietal aromas. The winter was marked by temperatures below the seasonal average and low precipitation. During April, with budding now complete, there was a frost capable of causing a reduction in production without affecting the quality of the grapes. Mild, well-distributed rains in May ensured a good water reserve ahead of a summer period that tended to be dry and characterized by the presence of warm winds. Excellent day-night temperature fluctuations starting in late August ensured slow and regular ripening of the grapes, which were undamaged and in perfect health at harvest. The harvest of Sangiovese destined for Maggiarino took place on September 22.
The best Sangiovese grapes, from a selection of vineyards on the Maggiarino estate, one of La Braccesca’s most vocated areas, have undergone a vinification process aimed at preserving aromas and enhancing structure. After destemming and a soft crushing, the grapes were transferred to stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 28 °C; at the end of maceration, which lasted for about 20 days, the wine was transferred to tonneaux, where malolactic fermentation took place and the aging process lasting about 12 months began. Following bottling in spring 2019, the wine rested in the bottle for at least a year before release.
La Braccesca covers 508 hectares where the former farm of the Bracci counts once stood, hence the name of the estate and its coat of arms: an arm covered in armor holding a sword. The total area of the vineyards is 340 hectares divided into two bodies: the first, 366 hectares of which 237 are planted in vineyards is located on the border between the municipalities of Montepulciano and Cortona. The other plot, 142 hectares, 103 of which are vineyards, extends to Montepulciano between three of the most renowned areas for the production of great red wines: Cervognano, Santa Pia and Gracciano. Maggiarino comes from the vineyards of the farm of the same name, one of the most vocated areas of La Braccesca. A balanced wine capable of enhancing the fragrant varietal character through the silky tannins typical of the Nobile di Montepulciano terroir, a historic Tuscan appellation.
Maggiarino 2017 has a deep ruby red color. The nose shows typical Sangiovese notes, such as ripe cherry, sweet black cherry, and small red fruits, accompanied by fresh sensations of ripe citrus and pleasant hints of coffee. The palate is characterful, elegant, with a good tannic structure typical of the variety and an aftertaste marked by hints of vanilla and coffee.