Brancaia Ilatraia 2018

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Brancaia Ilatraia 2018

Winemaker Notes

Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy. This wine shows a perfect balance between maturity and finesse. It is extremely silky and polished with supple tannins that are typical of the Tuscan coast. Intense aromas of black fruit. A firm and silky wine with fine tannins and a luscious finish.

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Critical Acclaim

James Suckling 97: Blackberries and currants with some violet and walnut undertones. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins that show balance and focus. Stone and mahogany. Just a hint of chocolate. Racy and fine. 40% petit verdot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc. Drink now or hold.

2017 Vintage Critical Acclaim

2017 - Robert Parker 95: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Ilatraia is a real beauty and one of the only wines that has taken on the challenges of this hot and dry vintage with undisputed results. Ilatraia opens to an inky dark appearance and thick phenolic weight that is given extra volume and depth thanks to layers of cherry, dried blackberry and plum. This is a full-bodied red wine worthy of a big Fiorentina steak.

2017 - James Suckling 94: A big, rich red with lots of blackberry and chocolate character. Walnuts, too. It’s full-bodied. Lots of blueberry and chocolate at the finish. Needs a few years to come together.

2017 - Wine Enthusiast 92: Made with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot, and 20% Cabernet Franc, this opens with heady aromas of ripe black-skinned berries, cedar and scorched earth. The concentrated, full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, clove, mocha, and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins.

2017 - Wine Spectator 92: Delivers intense aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, black cherry, ink, and earth, which are the hallmarks of this dry, dusty red. Linear in profile and long. Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  


BASIC INFORMATION

Description ILATRAIA is a modern and terroir-typical blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

A full-bodied wine with freshness, definition, and elegance. Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana Varieties Petit Verdot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%

VINEYARDS AND TERROIR

Vineyards location Maremma. Vineyards elevation and exposure 75-175 mt a.s.l; S-W exp. Soils Sandy loamy, with two-thirds sand and one-third silt and clay Climate and microclimate Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and very mild winters. Massive differences between day and night-time temperatures. A nearly constant coastal breeze assures continuous ventilation of the vineyards.

VINIFICATION AND AGING

Harvest 27.08.17 - 15.09.17 Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 6,10‰ Temperature of fermentation 30-32° Must contact Up to 18 days Maturing 18 months 1/2 in new, 1/2 in used barriques Bottle aging 12 months First-year of production 2002 Aging potential Up to 25 years

TASTING NOTES

Tasting note Intense aromas of black fruit. A firm and silky wine with fine tannins and a luscious finish. Perfect with Food with balanced, intense flavors, meat and game dishes fried or stewed, poultry such as pigeon or pheasant.

AWARDS

Intravino 94 Andrea Gori Wine Advocate 95 Monica Larner Wine Enthusiast 92 Kerin O'Keefe Vinous 93 Antonio Galloni Falstaff 93 Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler James Suckling 94 James Suckling Bibenda 5 grappoli WinesCritic.com 96 Raffaele Vecchione

 

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