Waiting for Vitruvio 2008. New vintage from Briziarelli

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The top of a hill, in Bevagna surroundings: we are inside a very important wine region, Montefalco, the land that generates the mythic Sagrantino. Briziarelli wines comes from this beautiful corner of Umbria. It is a young producer with an important heritage, being in agriculture for more than one hundred years. The name is known in the whole world because Briziarelli family’s main activity is the production of bricks and shingles at one of Italy’s largest kilns since 1906, but the family has never forgotten the “land” and the agriculture buying fields in many areas of central Italy. Ten years ago they decided to dedicate part of the best lands they owned to grapes production and the hill near Bevagna seemed to be the best site. In fact, around Briziarelli vineyards, you can see also other properties of important Sagrantino di Montefalco producers.  Briziarelli last year proposed its first Sagrantino vintage, the 2007, a wine from the top stuff, with verve both in the alcoholic levels and acidity, full-bodied and a pronounced tannic plot-line, but not overbearing. Now the new vintage of Vitruvio, the Montefalco Sagrantino 2008,  has been just bottled as well as the “superumbrian” Uno Nove Zero Sei 2008: they are sons of a very important harvest and we tasted them a few weeks ago, before bottling, finding superb and really promising wines. Waiting for Vitruvio and Uno Nove Zero Sei, ready for tasting from bottle in six months, it is time to discover new vintage of Rosso Mattone and Dunarobba, two interesting and really pleasant and drinkable wines, that is impossible to leave in the glass.

Tasting

Briziarelli wines are tightly “coupled” to territory tradition and so to Montefalco terroir; in fact each wine has in its blend a part of sagrantino grape, from a minimum of 15% in RossoMattone to the 100% in Vitruvio, an outstanding wine that represent the Montefalco “language”.

 

VITRUVIO 2007

SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO DOCG

15% vol.

Grapes: sagrantino 100%, with a yield of 1,5 kilos per vine.

Harvest: hand picking in cases with selection of best grapes, during first half of October.

Vinification: fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, with maceration on the skins for 25 days. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Ageing: In new french barriques for about 16 months, then in steel tanks for 10 months, followed by six months in bottles.

Tasting Notes: Intense red color with purple and violet veins. Elegant, lifted, warm, richly aromatic spice, ripe cherry fruit and cherry jam cake nose; complex, has nice flavors of pansy and after eight. Strong and important palate, is very well balanced, has concentrated tannins, full structure, flavored with sweet fruits, spices and minerals. Very long and plenty final.

UNONOVEZEROSEI 2007

UMBRIA IGT

14,5% vol

Grapes: syrah 25%, merlot 25%, cabernet sauvignon 25%, sagrantino 25%.

Harvest: Hand picking in cases.

Vinification: Fermentation (each grapes separately) in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, with maceration on the skins for about 20/25 days. Malolactic fermentation in barrels.

Ageing: In french barriques from 14 to 18 months, depending on the variety. Then, in steel tanks for 10 months, followed by eight months in bottles.

Tasting Notes: Intense red color with purple and violet, it’s plenty of fruit and cake, with an elegant pansy flavour: cherry, marasca, sour cherry, blackberry and blueberry, a lot of spices and graphite nuances. Full and balanced body, has substantial and important tannins and very long flavours of sweet fruits, spices and graphite.

 

ROSSOMATTONE 2009

ROSSO DI MONTEFALCO DOC

14.5% vol

Grapes: sangiovese 65%, cabernet sauvignon e merlot 20%; sagrantino 15%.

Harvest: Hand picking in cases.

Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, with maceration on the skins for about 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in French barriques.

Ageing: In french barriques for 12 months. Then in steel tanks for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Deep red with violet veins, has well defined bright cherry and berry fruit, with notes of peppermint, white and black pepper, juniper and vanilla, for a vivid and interesting nose. The taste is warm, tannic, balanced, full bodied and long lasting of fruits and liquorice.

 

DUNAROBBA 2010

UMBRIA IGT

14.5% vol

Grapes: merlot 40%, sangiovese 40%, sagrantino 20%.

Harvest: Hand picking in cases.

Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, with maceration on the skins for about 15 days. Malolactic fermentation in tanks.

Ageing: In French tonneaux (500 l). One month after assembling in stainless steel tanks, it is bottled.

Tasting Notes: Deep red violet, is intense of cherry fruit, ink, blueberry, blackcurrant, with liquorice and black pepper. Good acidity in the mouth, is warm with a nice grip of tannins and shows vivid cherry and blueberry, with notes of liquorice.


 

 

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