Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013
- Grape Source: Sangiovese Grosso 100% only from the "Vigna del Lago" vineyard
- Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
- Size: 23 ha (56.83 acres)
- Vine Age: 15 years
- Soil: Alternation between clay and strips of fine galestro
- Elevation: 270 meters (886 feet) above sea level
- Orientation: North - East to South - West
- Exposure: Northeast to soutwest
- Density: 5,050 vines/acre (7,143 vines/hectare)
- Training: Spurred cordon
Summer weather conditions during the first ten days of September, with constant sunshine and temperatures even above average, especially in daytime. 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): End of October
Fermentation is traditional, like it used to be done in Montalcino (with temperatures reaching 30°C for several days, towards the end). 100% Malolactic fermentation.
- Aging: 36 months in Slavonian oak, followed by 24 months in bottle
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
- Alcohol: 14.50%
- TA: 5.5 g/L
- p H: 3.33
- RS: <0.5 g/L
Light garnet with very bright orange-ruby highlights. It is a Brunello of old. An elegant, subtle, soft wine with great volume but unmistakable lightness. The tannins are velvety. On the nose, notes of fresh cherries, violets and candied fruit are dominant.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013 – Wine & Spirits – 93 Points
Vigna del Lago sits on Montalcino's northern slope, where the influence of the Apennines create the cooler and wetter micro climate that yielded a graceful, high-toned wine in 2013. Scents of rose petals and soft herbs lead into vibrant red-cherry flavors cooled by brisk acidity. Approachable now for its delicate aromas and vibrant flavors, it has the freshness and structure to age well.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013 – Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points
Aromas of fragrant blue flower, mature plum, leather and tobacco emerge from the glass. The full-bodied palate offers crushed black raspberry, ripe Marasca cherry, orange zest and baking spice set against a tannic backbone. You'll also feel the warmth of alcohol on the midpalate, but the fruit richness supports it. Drink 2021–2030.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna del Lago – 2013 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Macerated cherry, plum, licorice, tar and tobacco flavors are the highlights. Taut and linear in profile, with a dense finish. Stays vibrant, revealing echoes of tar and tobacco. Best from 2022 through 2038.
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Lago” – 2013 – The Wine Advocate – 93+ Points
The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Lago (with 5,000 bottles made) sees fruit sourced from a vineyard site located in the northern part of the appellation. Unlike the Poggio al Granchio expression that is aged in new 300-liter French barrique, this wine is instead aged in large 30- and 50-hectoliter Slavonian oak casks...