Il Blu

THE TIMELESS MODERN

IL BLU is “… the wine that put Brancaia on the map of the most famous wineries in Tuscany” (Monica Larner for Robert Parker).
Our top wine perfectly embodies the unmistakable identity of our winery and our vision of winemaking, which is based on an uncompromising commitment to quality and respect for nature.
Since its debut in 1988 , IL BLU has been the result of our constant pursuit of perfection. It is only pressed from the best, hand-selected grapes from our two vineyards in the Chianti region.
The blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 20 months in French barriques (two thirds new) and then in the bottle for at least another year. With ultra-fine tannins and a smooth and full finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that impresses with its complexity and elegance.
Over the past 30 years, IL BLU has not only become a symbol for Brancaia, but has gained worldwide recognition. For many wine lovers it has long been considered a classic and is regularly praised by wine critics from all over the world.
Like its unmistakable label, one of the characteristic features of our winery, this wine shows the same characteristics: modern, elegant and timeless.

Ideal with: hearty dishes, red meat and dark game fowl. Our favorite: with Bistecca alla Fiorentina made from Chianina beef.

Brancaia Il Blu
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy soil; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton.
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 23.08.17 - 26.09.17
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 5,96‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 giorni
Maturing 18 months, 2/3 in new, 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Dark and slightly sweet fruit with aromas of black cherries and dried blueberries.

Perfect with

Food with pronounced taste, dark meat such as beef or lamb, roast or braised game.

Awards
Wine Advocate
94
Monica Larner
Falstaff
94
Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler
Vinum
17.5
Guida Vitae
4 viti
James Suckling
94
James Suckling
WinesCritic.com
95
Raffaele Vecchione
Vinous
95
Antonio Galloni
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 13.09.16 - 05.10.16
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 6,10‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Blackberries, dark cherries, peppermint tea, bark, cassis and pure blackcurrants. A full body, characterized by layered but racy rich blue fruit. Classy and elegant with remarkable finesse and freshness.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Guida Vitae
4 viti
Wein Seller
18.5
Chandra Kurt
Wine Spectator
93
Bruce Sanderson
I Vini di Veronelli
94
Gigi Brozzoni
Falstaff
95
Othmar Kiem
Vinous
95
Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate
96
Monica Larner
James Suckling
96
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 15.09.15 - 30.19.15
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 5,60‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Aromas of flower, blueberry and licorice follow through to a full body, ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
I Vini di Veronelli
94
Gigi Brozzoni
Vinous
93
Antonio Galloni
Falstaff
94
Othmar Kiem
Wine Advocate
94+
Monica Larner
Wine Spectator
95
Bruce Sanderson
James Suckling
95
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 14.09.13 - 04.10.13
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 6‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Broad strokes of espresso bean, blueberry, baking spice and moist tobacco.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
92
Bruce Sanderson
Guida Vitae
4 viti
I Vini di Veronelli
94
Gigi Brozzoni
Wine Advocate
94
Monica Larner
James Suckling
96
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 10.09.12 - 05.10.12
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Shows blueberries with hot stones and dried rosemary. Full and juicy.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
92
Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate
92
Monica Larner
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Gigi Brozzoni
Falstaff
93
Ulrich Sautter
Vinous
93
Antonio Galloni
James Suckling
93
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 25.08.11 - 27.09.11
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 18 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Shows blueberry character with hints of spice and chocolate. Full body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
92
Bruce Sanderson
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Daniel Thomases
Vinous
93
Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate
94
Monica Larner
Decanter Asia Wine Awards
95
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 06.09.10 - 04.10.10
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Vibrant blueberries, violets, sweet spices, green medical herb and French oak in a powerful, structured style.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Daniel Thomases
Vinous
93
Antonio Galloni
Falstaff
94
Ulrich Sautter
Wine Advocate
94
Monica Larner
James Suckling
95
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 26.08.09 - 08.10.09
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Intense aromas of blackberries and currants with a gorgeous core of ripe fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Fresh and lucious final.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
92
Bruce Sanderson
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Daniel Thomases
Falstaff
94
Othmar Kiem
Wine Advocate
95
Monica Larner
James Suckling
95
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 03.09.08 - 07.10.08
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Juicy wine with blackberries, dark chocolate and spices. Full bodied, with soft and velvety tannins.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
92
Bruce Sanderson
Falstaff
93
Othmar Kiem
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Daniel Thomases
James Suckling
93
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 31.08.07 - 21.09.07
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14%; total acidity: 5,8‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Blueberry and blackberry aromas lead to a full body, with supersilky tannins and a chocolate and currant aftertaste.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
I Vini di Veronelli
92
Daniel Thomases
Vinous
94
Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator
94
James Suckling
Falstaff
96
Othmar Kiem
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 06.09.06- 04.10.06
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 6,10‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Focused aromas of currant, berry and hints of vanilla. Full-bodied, with medium chewy tannins and a rich milk chocolate and berry aftertaste.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
I Vini di Veronelli
92
Daniel Thomases
Wine Enthusiast
94
Monica Larner
Simple Wines
96
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 05.09.05 - 29.09.05
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14,5%; total acidity: 6,10‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Focused aromas of crushed flowers, raspberries and sweet toasted oak.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Vinous
92
Antonio Galloni
Falstaff
93
Ulrich Sautter, Othmar Kiem
Wine Enthusiast
93
Monica Larner
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 20.09.04 - 10.10.04
Wine analysis Alcohol: 14%; total acidity: 5,80‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Silky textures, layers of vibrant sweet fruit that caress the palate in a captivating display of elegance and finesse.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Mondo Wein der Welt
93
Gerhard Eichelmann
I Vini di Veronelli
93
Daniel Thomases
Falstaff
94
Ulrich Sautter
Vinous
94
Antonio Galloni
Wine Spectator
96
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 26.08.03 - 17.09.03
Wine analysis Alcohol: 13,5%; total acidity: 6‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 18 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Aromas of sweet, toasty French oak, new saddle leather, black currants and blackberries.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Wine Spectator
91
James Suckling
I Vini di Veronelli
92
Daniel Thomases
Falstaff
95
Ulrich Sautter
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 12.09.02 - 10.10.02
Wine analysis Alcohol: 13,5%; total acidity: 6‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Enchanting aromas of smoky black fruit and spicy, barbecued meat.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Mondo Wein der Welt
92
Gerhard Eichelmann
Falstaff
92
Ulrich Sautter
Wine Spectator
92
James Suckling
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 55% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 12.09.01 - 10.10.01
Wine analysis Alcohol: 13,5%; total acidity: 6,40‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Wonderful nose of ripe berry, tobacco, and toasty oak. Very rich, full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long plum, raspberry and vanilla aftertaste.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
I Vini di Veronelli
92
Daniel Thomases
Wine Spectator
93
James Suckling
Mondo Wein der Welt
94
Gerhard Eichelmann
Falstaff
96
Ulrich Sautter
Basic Information
Description

IL BLU perfectly embodies Brancaia’s distinctive identity and our vision of winemaking based on uncompromising dedication to quality and respect for the environment. With ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish, IL BLU is a full-bodied wine that enchants with its complexity and elegance. Throughout the last 30 years, IL BLU has become not only a symbol for Brancaia, but it has earned worldwide acclaim, gaining a reputation as a classic for many wine lovers.

Denomination IGT Rosso Toscana
Varieties 55% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards and terroir
Vineyards location Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti
Vineyards elevation and exposure 230 - 400 mt a.s.l.; S-SO exp.
Soils Castellina in Chianti: loamy; Radda in Chianti: medium textured with rocky skeleton
Climate and microclimate Continental climate, with cold winters (temperatures below 0° C) and very hot summers.
Vinification and aging
Harvest 10.09.00 - 29.09.00
Wine analysis Alcohol: 13,5%; total acidity: 6‰
Temperature of fermentation 30-32°
Must contact Up to 20 days
Maturing 20 months, 2/3 in new 1/3 in used barriques
Bottle ageing 12 months minimum
First year of production 1988
Ageing potential Up to 25 years
Tasting notes
Tasting note

Bright and fresh, with currant and floral character. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish.

Perfect with

Dishes with intense flavours, wild fowl, dark meat, fried or stewed lamb or beef.

Awards
Alles uber Wein
92
International Weinpraemierung Zurich
92
Mondo Wein der Welt
92
Gerhard Eichelmann
Falstaff
93
Othmar Kiem