Val di Suga

Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso 100% only from the "Poggio al Granchio" vineyard
    • Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    • Size: 18 ha (44 acres)
    • Soil: Galestro soils (marl)
    • Elevation: 400 - 450 meters (1,312 - 1,476 feet) above sea level
    • Orientation: North - South
    • Density: 5,050 vines/hectare (2,045 vines/acre)
    • Training: Spurred cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • Summer weather conditions during the first ten days of September, with constant sunshine and above average temperatures. During the day, temperatures reached 30°C (86°F) and above. Rather cool temperatures at night around 18°C (64°F). Ripening progressed well, registering a weekly increase of 1-1.5 alcoholic degrees. The second ten days were like the first, although temperatures were slightly lower; grape ripening progressed well.

    • Harvest Date(s): Beginning of October
  • Vinification

    • Once the grapes have been picked, they undergo pre-fermentation maceration at a low temperature (5-6° C, 41-43 F); fermentation takes place with particular control of the temperature (not over 27°C, 81 F), pumping over techniques and délestage in order to enhance the fruity and mineral component of the wine. 100% Malolactic fermentation.

    • Aging: 30 months in French oak (combination 3 to 60 hectoliters); 24 months in bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.5 g/L
    • p H: 3.38
    • RS: <0.8 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense ruby-red color with violet glints. Explodes on the nose with fresh fruit reminiscent of cherries in spirit, red currants, blackberries and myrtle. On the palate, an unmistakable subtle entry with very long, silky tannins. A sapid, mineral finish that only this area can give Sangiovese.



  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Poggio al Granchio – 2013 – Wine & Spirits – 91 Points

    Poggio al Ganchio strethes along Montalcino's southeastern side, the vines rooted in galestro-rich soils at elevations reaching nearly 1,500 feed. Aged in large French oak vats for 30 months, this wine is the most understated of Val di Suga's three single-site bottlings in 2013, hemmed in by powerful, meaty tannins and pronounced mineral tones. Flavors of cherry and red currant emerge with exposure to air, accented by note of white pepper, fennel and blood orange. Hold on to this for at least five years, and sever it with braised pork shoulder.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalciono DOCG Poggio al Granchio – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    A pretty red, offering bright cherry, strawberry, almond and soy flavors. Supple and elegant, with a hint of earth and dry tannins on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio – 2013 – Vinous – 92 Points

    Medium red. Musky red berries, red cherry and flowers on the nose, complicated by menthol and herbs. Sweet, fleshy and round on entry, in a rather open, appealing style. Rising tannins provide a slightly drying mouthcoating sensation. Finishes with good energy and sneaky subtle persistence.

  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino “Poggio al Granchio” – 2013 – The Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    One of three single-vineyard expressions from Val di Suga, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Granchio opens to a nicely saturated color and beautifully intense aromas. Fruit is sourced from a site located in the southeast quadrant of Montalcino where steep diurnal shifts help to sharpen and maximize those pretty fruit aromas...