La Braccesca Achelo 2006
Antinori first bought land on the Tenuta Braccesca estate in 1990, situated in southeast Tuscany, between the towns of Montepulciano and Cortona. The former is known for the Sangiovese that ripens into rich Vino Nobile, while the latter is home to Italy’s best Syrah.The stony foothills around the town of Cortona have proved ideally suited to international red varieties, and Syrah in particular. Delayed ripening and ideal harvest weather made 2006 stand out in terms of quality here. Stylish and well balanced, this wine shows aromas of red berry fruit and plums, with mineral, spicy complexity. The palate is smooth and the finish soft and generous.
Decanted over three hours. Fine sediment at bottom. Cedar and stonefruit on the nose with notes of soft vanilla, medium body, savory with notes of tart cherries, oak, cranberries and tobacco, finish has notes of bread and sandalwood.
A pretty nice Italian Syrah for the money.
Dark purple in the glass, nice intensity, nose is a little tight, vegetal, no fruit, viney, leathery but funky, off almost, 3 day old socks on the nose. Mid bodied, more acidic than expected, non interesting tannins, fairly smooth, drinks easily with a nice 20 second finish but one dimensional and bland not a good effort at all and not what I expect fom a Syrah or an Antinori wine. Maybe the 2006 vintage is bad example. 82 Points