Occhio di Pernice

Vin Santo di Montepulciano D.O.C.


L iterally 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. It has been calculated that with the same amount of grapes used to produce one of our 375 ml bottle you can produce twenty-four 750 ml bottles of wine.
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:
96/100 Wine Spectator
98/100 Wine Advocate
98/100 Decanter
94/100 Wine Enthusiast
4 Viti - AIS
Corona - Vini Buoni d'Italia

2001:
98/100 Wine Spectator
100/100 Wine Advocate
94/100 Vinous
4 Viti - AIS
Corona - Vini Buoni d'Italia
Best sweet or meditation wine - Veronelli

2000:
96/100 Wine Spectator
98/100 Wine Advocate
4 Viti - AIS
Eccellenza - Espresso
Corona - Vini Buoni d’Italia

1999:
98/100 Wine Spectator
97/100 Wine Advocate
Eccellenza - Espresso

 
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