Montenidoli 2016 'Fiore' Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
Item Number: 11305
Sub Region: San Gimignano
Appellation/AVA: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Vernaccia
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Calcareous sediment
Case Production: 1,660
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 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. Fiore is essentially Elisabetta's Vernaccia sashimi. It is produced from the free-run must, which expresses the terrific elegance and finesse of the grape. The must flows naturally from the grapes that break because of the pressure of those above them in the press. It ferments in stainless steel tanks and ages long on the lees to gain roundness and persistence.
Tasting Notes: Elegant, light, saline
91pts (2015 Vintage) Wine Advocate 11/30/2017
"The 2015 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore offers steady and clean aromas of saffron, white peach and juicy Golden Delicious apple. Delicate notes of crushed flint and granite fill in the rear. This is a clean and refreshing wine but it also offers the complexity and layering that distinguishes this specific wine within a group of peers."