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.
This Vin Santo is characterised by intense aromas of caramel and walnut husk, softened by hints of honeydew honey, nutmeg and pennyroyal. The aftertaste recalls memories of candied orange and butter biscuits. On the palate this sweet wine reveals infinite taste sensations, a symphony of notes of dried figs, almonds and orange jam. A perfect balance between sweetness and acidity leads to a long and sensual finish.
Grapes

Malvasia and Trebbiano.

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

More than 10 years in “caratelli”.

Awards

2002:
95 pts Wine Spectator
97 pts Wine Advocate
4 Stars - Vini Buoni d'Italia

2001:
95 pts Wine Spectator
98 pts Wine Advocate
92 pts Vinous
96 pts Veronelli

2000:
94 pts Wine Spectator
97 pts Wine Advocate
3 Stars - Veronelli

1999:
97 pts Wine Spectator
94 pts Wine Advocate
96 pts Vinous