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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.
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
Trebbiano, Malvasia

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: 92 pts Wine & Spirits

Data Sheet Vin Santo 2010
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, orange jam and rosemary. A perfect balance between sweetness and acidity leads to a long and sensual finish.

GRAPES
Trebbiano, Malvasia

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: 94 pts Wine Spectator | 94 pts Wines Critic

Data Sheet Vin Santo 2005
This caramel colored Vin Santo is characterized by intense aromas of caramel and dark chocolate, softened by notes of acacia honey, thyme and nutmeg, leading the way for inviting scents of candied orange peel and butter cookies. On the palate, this sweet wine reveals new and surprising flavours with every sip, including notes of figs, almonds, orange marmalade and roasted coffee beans. A perfect balance between acidity and sweetness compliments a sensual finish.

GRAPES
Trebbiano, Malvasia

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: 97 pts Wine Advocate | 95 pts Wine Spectator | 95 pts Wine Enthusiast | 95 pts Wines Critic

Data Sheet Vin Santo 2002
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