Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a selection of Sangiovese from all of our vineyards in Montepulciano, creating a multifaceted wine that is a true expression of the Montepulciano terroir.
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Grape origin: Our 8 estates located in the Montepulciano DOCG production area
Altitude: From 270 to 375 metres a.s.l.
Exposure: Variable, depending on each single vineyard
Soil type: Of Pleistocenic origin at Le Capezzine, Lodola and Matracchio, and of Pliocenic origin at Greppo, I Poggetti, Le Badelle, Banditella and El
Age of the vines: From 10 to 40 years old
Harvest: The grapes for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 were picked from October 1st – 11th.
Vinification: The fermentation was spontaneous with the use of indigenous yeasts. Alcohol fermentation and maceration on the skins lasted from 20 to 30 days, depending on the individual lots.
Ageing: 12 months in French barriques and 6 months in large Slavonian oak casks, for a total of 18 months, followed by a minimum of 6 months
refinement in the bottle.
Brick red in colour, bursting with notes of bright, red fruits, dried violets and hints of savory spice. The taste is medium-bodied and balanced with luscious acidity and tart cherry flavours, complemented by a long savoury finish.
A fresh and clean wine with chocolate, berry and light lemon. Some hazelnut too. Medium to light body. Refined textured finish. Drink now.
James Suckling 90/100
Good bright red-ruby. Cassis, very ripe dark cherry, figs macerated in alcohol, licorice and sweet herbs on the slightly roasted nose. Soft, sweet and almost liqueur-like, with syrupy red and black fruit and licorice flavors showing a chocolatey ripeness. Supple in the middle, but finishes with mounting, slightly gritty tannins that clash with the wine's acidity. I doubt this will harmonize much with bottle aging, as the heat of 2011 probably never allowed the polyphenols to ripen fully. A slightly disappointing wine for Avignonesi, but then 2011 was almost furnace-like and so this is a success in the context of the year.
Antonio Galloni 88/100
Streamlined and elegant, the 2011 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano opens to a light ruby color and a lean, compact appearance. The wine’s general lack of heft and brawn gives more room for aromas of pressed violets and forest fruit that are so common to Sangiovese. It shows medium intensity and balanced acidity, making this wine a good choice for veal or roast turkey.
Robert Parkero 89/100