Sabazio La Braccesca Rosso di Montepulciano Wine 2022
The typical freshness of the traditional Sangiovese variety combines with the exuberance of fruit characteristic of Merlot to represent the ancient territory of Montepulciano. The name of the wine celebrates Sabatino Lulli, known as “Sabazio,” a monk of the Montepulciano Abbey who first provided directions for wine production in the area in the medieval period.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed and softly crushed. The resulting must was transferred to stainless steel tanks, where alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature not exceeding 25°C so as to preserve and enhance the aromatic characteristics of the varieties. The wine rested in stainless steel vats where malolactic fermentation took place and aged for about 4 months before being bottled in June 2023.
Sabazio 2022 is ruby red in color. The nose has the typical fruity notes of Sangiovese: sensations of black cherry and blood orange combine with floral aromas of violet. The palate is fresh, pleasantly energetic, marked by velvety tannins and good flavor.
Fattoria La Braccesca covers a total area of 508 hectares and consists of two separate bodies: the historic core of the farm is located in the Montepulciano area, with 103 hectares planted in vineyards in the best subzones of Nobile di Montepulciano; the other, with 233 hectares of vineyards, is located in the foothills surrounding Cortona. The name of the wine is inspired by Sabatino Lulli, known as “Sabazio,” a monk of the Montepulciano Abbey who first provided directions for wine production in the area in the medieval period. The first vintage of La Braccesca’s Vino Rosso di Montepulciano was 1992.
The winter and spring have been mild with no rainfall, allowing planting and green manure to take place smoothly. Sprouting occurred in the last week of April, slightly later than usual, allowing work on the green to begin the first week of May. The summer, which tended to be dry with above-average daily temperatures, was marked by a hail event in June that affected some of the estate’s vineyards, causing lower yields without affecting the future quality of the grapes. The harvest for Sabazio began on September 6 and ended on the 22nd of the same month. The grapes at harvest were in perfect health and had good balance, structure and aromaticity.