Vigna Baragazza Riserva IGT

The story of what may well be Tuscany’s oldest Pinot Noir vines began in 1975 at Villa di Bagnolo, a Renaissance estate, west of Florence. Its owner at the time, Marquis Vittorio Pancrazi, planted 3,300 Sangiovese vines on the property. Vittorio Pancrazi decided to make a single-vineyard wine, putting his Bordeaux-educated friend, Niccolò D’Afflitto, in charge of the experiment. After over a year in Allier barrique and another in bottle, the experiment not only succeeded, it exceeded all expectations. An ideal microclimate for Pinot Noir, the vineyard enjoys southern exposure and is located 490 meters (1,607 feet) above sea level. The clay, schist and serpentine soil, particularly rich in iron, enhances Pinot Noir’s finesse. Water is abundant, even in the driest summers, as it trickles down the slopes of the Apennines into the foothills where the winery is located, replenishing water reserves. And if they need water, the winery uses a gravitational system of irrigation, with well water from the hillside above the property, Monte Ferrato. Cool, nighttime breezes prevent the grapes from ripening quickly, allowing them to gently and gradually mature. Giuseppe Pancrazi has now taken the place of his uncle while Niccolò D’Afflitto continues to style the wines.

Vigna Baragazza is a single-vineyard, single-clone Cellar Reserve version of the Pancrazi’s Villa di Bagnolo Pinot Noir. It comes from outstanding one hectare (2.47 acres) yielding a mere one ton per acre, with unbelievable concentration, extract and quality. The cool and well-ventilated vineyards benefit from excellent day/night temperature swings and moderate altitudes, favoring slow and even grape maturation. As Monte Ferrato is an extinct volcano, the origins of the soil are volcanic and particularly rich in iron, which is instrumental in giving Pinot Noir its complexity. This particular soil composition is also conducive to the well-balanced flavors and components that characterize Pinot Noir.


Wine exported to

Bermuda, USA, Japan, Canada, Austria

Grape Varieties:

100% Pinot Noir

Fermentation container:

Oak Barrels

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

15 days

Type of yeast:

Indigenous

Fermentation temperature:

22-25 °C (71.6--77 °F)

Maceration technique:

Traditional

Length of maceration:

15 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

lt 225

Container age:

1st and 2nd use

Type of oak:

French

Bottling period:

March-June

Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

2 years

Closure:

Natural Cork

Vineyard name:

Baragazza

Vineyard location:

From the Villa di Bagnolo vineyards below the Monte Ferrato Mountain

Vineyard size:

1 hectare (2.5 acres)

Soil composition:

Shale and clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

0-150 meters (0-492 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,620 vines per acre

Yield:

1 kg per vine

Exposure:

Southern

Years planted:

1997-1998

Age of vines:

20 years old

Time of harvest:

August

First vintage of this wine:

2000

Total yearly production (in bottles):

2,000

Tasting notes:

Crimson with ruby hues, intense, persistent bouquet of red berries, balsamic notes and nuance of vanilla confirmed on the palate; characteristic aromas of the cru: blackberry, plums, subtle mint and tea; incredible concentration and voluptuousness, firm,

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Great with pasta and risotto as well as meat.

Aging potential:

15-25 years

Alcohol:

Alc. cont. 13.5% by vol.

Winemaker:

Niccolò D’Afflitto