•ÈÀCLASSIFICATION•ÈÀ:åÊBrunello di Montalcino DOCG
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A deep and brilliant ruby red in color, the 2010 Pian delle Vigne is characterized by complex and intense aromas: floral notes accompanied by fragrant sensations of wild cherries, raspberries, and citrus fruit, then followed by chocolate, toasted tobacco leaves, liquorice and, on the finish, a perceptible presence of plums, mint, and eucalyptus. Balanced and ample on the palate with full and intense flavors and texture, the wine is elegant and noble in the tactile sensations of its tannins and very mineral as well, a Brunello which promises significant expressive possibilities as it ages and develops over time.
The 2010 vintage was characterized by rains during the end of winter and the spring; these conditions, together with springtime temperatures below seasonal averages, caused a slight delay in production and a small loss of production. The summer was distinguished by lovely and stable weather and some August rains which served as a mitigating effect on temperatures. The weather was very positive from the period of color change in the grapes during August until the end of the ripening period, leading to a balanced ripening and a precise synchronization of physiological maturity and the desiredåÊ level of sugar accumulation.åÊ Picking began on September 22nd and took place under particularly favorable meteorological conditions.
After a careful selection of the grapes, both during the month of July and just before the harvest, the finest part of the crop was left on the vine to reach full maturity. The grape bunches, destemmed and softly pressed, went into stainless steel tanks when they macerated and fermented on their skins for a period of 20 days at temperatures kept to a maximum of 82å¡ Fahrenheit (28å¡ centigrade). The wine began its aging period and also went through a complete malolactic fermentation in oak casks which ranged from 3000 toåÊ 8000 liters (790 to 2100 gallons) in capacity. After more than two years of aging in oak, the wine was bottled in Ma