Sangiovese Family

Occhio di Pernice

Vin Santo di Montepulciano D.O.C. Toscana

Literally holy wine, the Vin Santo is a sweet wine deeply rooted in Tuscan tradition. The first references date back to the Renaissance, which is also when the Avignonesi family first came on the scene. To this date our Vin Santo and Occhio di Pernice are produced with the madre (yeast) that has been passed on for generations and provides that ethereal taste. This sweet wine is the result of an exceptionally long ageing process during which over half of this precious liquid evaporates.
Dense and mysterious, the Occhio di Pernice reveals a complex and enveloping bouquet with aromas of dried plums and dates, propolis, gingerbread, malaga and tobacco. In the mouth it is sweet and spicy and the olfactory notes return, expanding with those of dried apricots and smoked hazelnut with small nuances of Christmas spices. A wine that surprises with every sip for its concentration and depth. The aftertaste persistence is incredibly long.

GRAPES
Sangiovese

HARVEST
The grapes were harvested by hand in the first half of September, in small crates covered with vine leaves, and immediately laid out on bamboo mats in the appassitoio (drying room), where they remained to dry for several months.

VINIFICATION
The grapes are softly pressed and the must is transferred in “caratelli” (50-60 liter oak casks) for a slow, natural fermentation with the aid of an indigenous yeast known as “madre”.

AGEING
More than 10 years in “caratelli”

AWARDS
2010: 94 pts Wine & Spirits

Data Sheet Occhio di Pernice
Dense and mysterious, the Occhio di Pernice reveals a complex and enveloping bouquet with aromas of dried plums and dates, propolis, gingerbread, malaga and tobacco. In the mouth it is sweet and spicy and the olfactory notes return, expanding with those of dried apricots and smoked hazelnut with small nuances of Christmas spices. A wine that surprises with every sip for its concentration and depth. The aftertaste persistence is incredibly long.

GRAPES
Sangiovese

HARVEST
The grapes have been hand-picked from the best vineyard parcels and placed in small, vine leaf-coated bins.

VINIFICATION
The grapes are laid out for a few months on straw mats in the “appassitoio” (drying room). They are then softly pressed and the must is transferred in “caratelli” (50-liter oak casks) for a slow, natural fermentation with the aid of an indigenous yeast known as “madre”.

AGEING
10 years in “caratelli”

AWARDS
2005: 97 pts Wine Spectator

Data Sheet Occhio di Pernice 2005
Dense and mysterious, the Occhio di Pernice 2002 offers a complex and enveloping bouquet of dates, dried figs, sweet spices and candied lemon peel. On the palate it is sweet and spicy with notes of liquid caramel, candied berry fruits and plum jam. The aftertaste is incredibly long-lingering. A wine suitable for long ageing in the bottle.

GRAPES
Sangiovese

HARVEST
The grapes have been hand-picked from the best vineyard parcels and placed in small, vine leaf-coated bins.

VINIFICATION
The grapes are laid out for a few months on straw mats in the “appassitoio” (drying room). They are then softly pressed and the must is transferred in “caratelli” (50-liter oak casks) for a slow, natural fermentation with the aid of an indigenous yeast known as “madre”.

AGEING
10 years in “caratelli”

AWARDS
2002: 98 pts Wine Advocate | 98 pts Decanter | 96 pts Wine Spectator | 94 pts Wine Enthusiast

Data Sheet Occhio di Pernice 2002
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