The 2019 Promis shows a complex character and undeniable elegance. The nose is rich and concentrate, with blueberry, liquorice and cocoa hints. It starts fresh and then develops balsamic notes and scents of graphite. Then, it turns into a more mellow character with rhubarb and a menthol note. The palate is voluminous with fine-grained and silky tannins.
The vineyards are focussed in Bolgheri and the neighbouring area of Bibbona, with vines mainly planted on dark soils full of lime and clay.
The initial months of 2019 confirm the climate change under way, which is demonstrated by the occurrence of much more frequent extreme events with shifts in seasons and brief but intense rainfalls. The winter was cold and dry; an increase in temperature was only recorded in the final days of February with figures well over the seasonal average. Stormy showers characterised the spring months, especially in May, compensating for the lack of rain over the winter, but contributing towards a further delay in budding (20 days later compared to 2018). June and July were, however, months with temperatures above the seasonal average, characterised by very hot and dry days. The temperature fluctuations between night and day helped the vines to remain balanced in a year which, up until the end of July, had been worryingly dry. At the onset of the veraison, delayed by a week compared to the norm, the vines were healthy with excellent foliage. At the end of July, a total of 80 mm of rain fell in one day alone, followed by a drastic drop in temperatures for about 10 days. The grapes benefited greatly from this abundant rainfall, which contributed towards a slower and more balanced ripening. In August, there were further downpours which, in turn, delayed harvesting (10-15 days later than last year) and resulted in grapes with riper skins and elegant tannins. In September, the Tramontane winds dried the grape bunches helping to keep the grapes healthy and allowing the harvest to start with the white wine varieties in the first few days of September and the red wine varieties on September 15. Some brief, unsettled weather softened the skins and, together with the good weather up to October, contributed to the full phenolic ripening of later-ripening varieties. The harvest terminated on October 6 with great satisfaction.
The grapes were handled with particular care with extremely soft pressing of the bunches and helping to shorten the maceration process. The three varieties ferment and macerate separately for around 15 days. After 12 months of ageing in oak, they are blended and then aged for several months in the bottle before release.
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