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Valle Delle Stelle

Brancatelli

Winemaker: Giuseppe Brancatelli - Consulting Oenologist Graziana Grassini

Alcohol: 14% alcohol by volume

Appellation: Tuscany IGT

Grape Varieties: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc

Exposure: South & Southeast

Altitude: 50 feet above sea level

Soil: Soft Clay

Vineyard Training: Single spurred cordon

Summary: As a young child, Giuseppe Brancatelli always wanted to be a great winemaker. He would work in his father's vineyard near Messina, where he learned to cherish the winemakers rituals: pruning the vines, weeding the rows, and harvesting the grapes. At the age of 22, he left his beloved Tuscany for Holland and the life of a restaurateur. It was during this time that he learned what people loved about Tuscan wines and his desire to return home to his own vineyard became the catalyst for the wines that he now produces at Villa Brancatelli.

Vinification: Fermentation begins on the skins in stainless steel at 75-77 degrees Fahrenheit, for 2 weeks. Varietals are aged separately for 6 months in new and 2nd year French barriques, then bottle aged for 6 months prior to release. This wine can be cellared for up to 8 years.

Aromas & Flavors: This IGT is full-bodied and complex with overtones of vanilla and a deep, intense color. Black currants, cassis, cherries, and tobacco on the nose. Flavors of black fruits, especially black cherry, spice, and vanilla meld together in perfect harmony. A rich, seductive wine with ripe tannins and a long finish that pairs well with most full flavored main courses.

Varietal Notes:

Cabernet Sauvignon with its distinctive black currant aroma can develop bouquet nuances of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box. Cabernet Franc may be both fruitier and sometimes more herbal or vegetative than Cabernet Sauvignon, although lighter in both color and tannins. It can be somewhat spicy in aroma and often reminiscent of plums and especially violets.

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