Brancaia, Il Blu Rosso di Toscana 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Tuscany

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Merlot

  • Grape Blend:

    Merlot 70%, Sangiovese 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

  • Winemaker:

    Barbara Widmer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Brancaia Il Blu Rosso di Toscana 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Perfumes of spice and ripe morrello cherries layered with savoury characters. The palate shows superb balance of firm tannins, good acidity and savoury fruit. It is a modern style of Chianti, delectably modern with an outstanding structure, softness and fine aromas.

Production Notes

The Brancaia vineyard is located at an altitude of 230m with exposure to the south. The Poppi vineyard is at an altitude of 400 m, exposure to the south. Free-standing spur training system. Density of 3,600 - 5.700 vines per hectare. Hand-picked harvest. The temperature at fermentation is 28 deg. and must contact is for up to 18 days. Maturing is in two thirds new and one third used barriques for 18-20 months plus 24 months in the bottle before release.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 94+pts (2015) - This is the wine that put Brancaia on the map of Tuscany's most celebrated estates. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (fermented with indigenous yeasts in conical steel vats and aged in new and neutral barrique for 20 months), the 2015 Il Blu is a wine that enthusiastically embraces the energy, heat and sunshine of the vintage. The fruit is dark and slightly sweet with aromas of black cherries and dried blackberries. Those flavors deliver rich, soft intensity. The wine is not quite full-bodied, because the mouthfeel is elegant and finessed, but it does deliver lasting power, freshness and polished tannins.

Producer Profile

You will find Brancaia in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, encompassing three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma (Grosseto). Brancaia has been owned and operated by Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer since 1981. The estate came to instant fame with its outstanding 1983 Chianti Classico. Since then, through uncompromising dedication to quality, the wines of Brancaia continue to stand out and command the attention and praise of Tuscan wine lovers and international wine critics. In addition to their powerful Chianti Classico, they produce a range of Supertuscans that have garnered cult status. Brancaia are constantly searching for ways to improve their work in the vineyard and the cellar, taking respect for nature as their foundation. They see work in the vineyard as a flow of energy that must be respected to the highest degree. To put this into practice every year in the best possible way, they invest about 450 man hours per hectare with an average yield of 5,500 kg per hectare; quality matters more than quantity.Brancaia work according to the Guidelines for Integrated Production (IP), which permits sustainable conservation of vineyards and also reduces CO2 emissions from vehicles to a minimum. They use only premium packaging materials to ensure optimal storage until it is time to drink and enjoy the wine and avoid "heavy" bottles to minimize the CO2 burden on transport routes