||5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 50% Sangiovese
||The Brancaia estate encompasses the vineyards Brancaia (Castellina in Chianti) and Poppi (Radda in Chianti), at between 750 and 1300 feet above sea level. All vineyards have hillside location, looking south, southwest or southeast. They are partly covered with greenery and worked according to integrated production standards.
|Composition of the land
||Soil is lean and stony, with a portion of clay and lime.
||All are cultivated in the one-armed cordon system.
||The harvest takes place from September till October and is exclusively done by hand. Grapes are collected in small 44 lb. cases and brought to the cellar as fast as possible.
||Maturing: two thirds in new, one third in used barriques
||20 months plus 4 months in the bottle
||As a rule, food with pronounced taste, dark meat such as beef or lamb, roast or braised game, dark feathered game such as pigeon or pheasant
||Price Brancaia Il Blu 2011 € 40.60