90 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The single-vineyard 2004 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigneto Santa Pia possesses superior density and weight in its core of super-ripe dark fruit, leather, spices, smoke, cured meats and sweet toasted oak. Although it shows outstanding length and compelling inner sweetness it also shut down quickly in the glass, suggesting another year or two in bottle is necessary before the wine is ready to drink. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019." 90 Points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate.
"Shows smoky berry and grilled meat character on a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine, fruit- and mineral-coated tannins and a long finish. Decadent and attractive. Best after 2009. 1,660 cases made. âJS" 90 Points - Wine Spectator
"Heavy rain in autumn 2003 enabled the soil layers to restabilize after the testing summer drought. The winter was cold and rainy with repeated fairly heavy snowfall. Thanks to the weather conditions, budbreak was delayed by 10-15 days even for more precocious varieties. During flowering and fruit-set, the weather was remarkably wet and cool (the lowest temperatures in the last 3-4 years)."
"The vegetation developed well although with consistent delay through to veraison and ripening of the grapes. Intense pre-harvest selection was necessary because the weather conditions caused over-production. Lastly, the harvest began a couple of weeks later than average, when the grapes were perfectly healthy and ripe and showed a perfect balance of quantity and quality." -Winery
"Once fully ripe the grapes from the Santa Pia vineyard in the municipal area of Montepulciano were destemmed and softly crushed. Maceration lasted 20 days during which time the wine completed alcoholic fermentation at a maximum temperature of 30Â°C. It was then placed in French and Hungarian oak barriques where malolactic fermentation was completed. The ageing period in barriques lasted 14 months during which the wine was racked several times. It was bottled in early spring. -Winemaker
"Marchesi Antinori first purchased land on the Tenuta Braccesca estate back in 1990. The land is a few kilometres from Montepulciano in south-east Tuscany, near the border with Umbria. The surface area of about 380 hectares is divided into two parts: the main part of 294 hectares (of which 151 are at present planted with vineyards) is between the towns of Montepulciano and Cortona. The second, 87 hectares almost entirely planted with vineyards, is situated between three of the best-known subzones for the production of great red Montepulciano wines: Cervognano, Gracciano and Santa Pia."
"The La Braccesca estate covers a total of 238 hectares. Since the early Nineties new vineyards have been planted as the basis for making great wines. Classic varieties have been planted, like Prugnolo Gentile (a local variety of Sangiovese) and Canaiolo Nero, as well as non-native varieties like Merlot and Syrah, which have found an ideal environment in the foothills of Cortona."
"The 151 hectares of vineyards between Montepulciano and Cortona are about 280-300m above sea level. The soil here is of medium texture with a good quantity of clay and silt. Nearer Cortona where the soil is stonier, the drop irrigation system gives the plants the extra water they need. The 87 hectares of vineyards at Cervognano, Gracciano and Santa Pia are above seal level on (red) clayey soil with plenty of stones." -Winery