Appodiato di Montepulciano Molin Vecchio – I.G.T. Toscana 2001
Southern exposure on rolling hillsides.
Planted in 1995 at a density of 2.80×0.80 meters (-9×3 ft), equivalent to 4.464 vines/ha (1.860/ac).
Trained to a bilateral cordon with vertical shoot positioning.
Sangiovese Clone R24 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon clone CL15 10% and Syrah clone 99F 10%, all on 420A rootstock Other grapes present in the vineyard but not utilized are Canaiolo, Colorino and Merlot
Sandy clay with limestone from the Pliocene era (6 million years ago).
The 2001 Vintage
Winter and the first part of Spring were very rainy. Mild April temperatures were interrupted by a frost that, in effect, drastically reduced yields. A dry, warm Summer was followed by light beneficial rains during the first decade of September that fostered an optimal ripeness of the grapes. Harvest quantities were much below average, but late ripening varieties, like Sangiovese, developed a high concentrationof polyphenols and alcohol.
September 26th and 27th.
Grape at harvest
Sugar 23.70%, total acidity 6.40 per thousand, ph 3.20.
Small lot fermentation at 25-30°C (77-86°F) using indigenous (wild) yeast. Fifteen day maceration with frequent aerations, pump-overs and punch-downs of the cap for optimum potyphenol extraction.
Completed during the primary fermentation.
Placed in new French and American oak barrels on March 4th, 2002 it was taken out to settle in stainless steel tanks at the end of April 2003.
To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was racked then bottled unfiltered on May 5th, 2003.
In our temperature controlled cellar for at least 5 years. Released February 2009.
Dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue
Bold and intense, with blackberries and licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla.hint of vanilla.
Full-bodied palate with exceptional red fruity intensity and spice. Big structured with well integrated, supple tannins and a long, persistent finish.
Analytical data at the time of bottling
Alcohol 13.22%, total acidity 5.07 per thousand, color 13.03, sugar 1.8 per thousand, polyphenols 3,530 mg/l, dry extract 31.05 g/l.
Best served with roasts.