Montenidoli 2016 'Tradizionale' Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

Montenidoli 2016 'Tradizionale' Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

Item Number: 11304

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub Region: San Gimignano
Appellation/AVA: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Vernaccia
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Calcareous sediment
Case Production: 2,083

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the great white wine of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Vernaccia is said to be the red of white wines: the grapes may not yield highly fruited bouquets, but the wines are vigorous and long-lived. They are mineral wines of great power and structure that profit from wood and display excellent aging capacity, with their bouquets gaining interesting secondary aromas with the passage of time in bottle.

Terroir: Around 4 million years ago, San Gimignano was submerged by the Ligurian Sea. Thus, the Pliocene soil is filled with marine fossils and clay; the mineral composition is perfect for great white wines.

Winemaking Notes: Elisabetta Fagiuoli produces three distinct Vernaccia wines. The same bunches, depending upon how they are fermented, will yield different structures and flavors, making for different wines that do share a common identity. Tradizionale Vernaccia follows the local tradition of allowing the grapes to macerate with the juice for 3-7 days before fermentation with the skins. The long skin contact provides the wine with good structure. Once pressed, the wine rests on its lees for refinement in stainless steel vats. Tradizionale is aged in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes: Lovely fruit; picture an apple orchard mixing with jasmine, herbs, salt and hints of red berries. The palate is rich and textural with a long mineral finish. Superb! The Montenidoli Tradizionale is ideal for olive oil-based Mediterranean dishes. Also try pairing it with seafood, including raw fish, and vegetable dishes with artichokes and asparagus.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (10/15/2018)

    Mellow, briny and smoky, this is almost reminiscent of a malt whisky in aroma until the flavors of peach, marzipan and butter emerge. Balanced on the soft side, with a tactile feel on the finish. Drink now.