Appodiato di Montepulciano Vigneto di Poggio Sant’Enrico – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano D.O.C.G. 2010
Southern exposure on rolling hillsides.
Poggio Sant’Enrico Piccolo planted in 1978, Poggio Sant’Enrico Grande 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.
100% Sangiovese, Clone SS-F9-A 5-48 on 420A rootstock.
Deep, sedimentary, with sandy clay and limestone.
The 2010 Vintage
Given the elevated concentration of the noble components, this vintage was characterized by wines of optimal potential. This noble vintage is defined by a bouquet that is intense and yet delicate. A robust structure, good alcohol levels and optimal polyphenolic components and acidity have allowed for wines which are typical and ideal for long cellaring.
Small lot fermentation at 25-30°C (77-86°F), using indigenous (wild) yeast in small cement vats. Twelve day maceration with frequent aerations, pump-overs and punch-downs of the cap for optimum polyphenol extraction.
It was placed in small (lt.225) new French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
To protect the vineyard’s character this wine was bottled unfiltered.
In our temperature controlled cellar for over 45 months.
Dark, deep, blackish-ruby hue.
Bold and intense, with black fruit and plum aromas, black pepper, walnut and hints of vanilla.
Full-bodied palate with exceptional black fruit intensity. Big structure with supple tannins and a long, persistent finish
Analytical data at the time of bottling
Alcohol 14.65%, total acidity 5.68 per thousand, color 18.54, sugar 1.61 per thousand, polyphenols 3,945 mg/l, dry extract 33.87 g/l.
Best served with roasts and grilled meats, especially “fiorentina-style” T-Bone steak.