Vigna d'Alfiero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2004

Vigna d'Alfiero means Alfiero's vineyard. Alfiero Carpini, the first land-agent/bailiff in Valdipiatta, had already worked on the estate for 15 years when Mr. Caporali bought it, at the end of the '80s. It was Alfiero who taught Mr. Caporali the history of each vineyard, the secrets of the terroir and the characteristics of the wines. And it was Alfiero who, in 1973, planted a vineyard in a place, about 7.5 acres, called Bossona. That vineyard is now considered Valdipiatta's best vineyard for producing Sangiovese.  When Alfiero passed away, Mr Caporali decided to honor his friend's memory producing a wine with the grapes grown in the vineyard Afiero had planted 25 years before and naming this wine with the name of Alfiero. On the label, in a hand drawn picture, you can see Alfiero standing among his vines. A 100% Sangiovese wine, made using high-quality Prugnolo Gentile clones selected by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile. The grapes are grown at very low yields, hand harvested and selected by sorting table. This single-vineyard wine shows true noble character.

Tasting Notes

A rich, velvety, full-bodied wine, with an intense ruby red color. Notes of wild berry and spice prevail on the nose, followed by subtle citrus hues and violets. Full-flavored, fleshy, and powerful, with tremendous structure and complexity.

Food Pairing

An ideal companion for elaborate pasta and rice dishes, red meats, game, and braised dishes, as well as aged cheeses, salamis, and prosciutto.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Montepulciano area/The Vigna d'Alfiero vineyard
Vineyard size
7.5 acres
Soil composition
Sand and clay
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
1,155 feet
Vines/acre
1,320
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted
1973
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1999
Bottles produced of this wine
6,600
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Prugnolo Gentile
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Second and third passage
Fermentation temperature
86 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
15-20
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
18 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak: Allier
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
Residual sugar
1.6 g/L
Acidity
5.5 g/L
Dry extract
29.5 g/L

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