Grape blend: Malvasia Toscana, Trebbiano Toscano
Aged: 36 months in Caratelli barrels
Alcohol content: 15.5% vol
Acidity: 7.25 g/l
Residual sugars: 129 g/l
This wine is “Santo” (= Holy) not only thanks to its long tradition and many legends, but also for those who produce it... it was, and is, the pride and joy of every farmer, a precious nectar with a secret recipe. Now we’ll reveal a few of the “ingredients: at La Vialla the grapes are picked by hand, in the Casa Conforto and Capannino vineyards, and the bunches are arranged on racks, where they remain until Advent. When they have “dried out” (they lose almost half of their water/weight and become enriched with sugar and aroma) they are pressed. After 2 days of fermentation, the must is transferred into 97 litre Caratelli barrels, together with some of the “mother” Vin Santo – previous vintages – from old Caratelli; and there it remains for at least 3 years, to age.
Tasting – Colour: amber with orange highlights, almost dark “pink gold”. The nose: candied fruit, figs, dates, walnuts, green tea leaves, all united by a hint of boisé that enriches the bouquet with notes of pastries and rum. In the mouth: it completely envelops the taste buds, then it drifts away, but, at the same time, it leaves a perceptible long-lasting aftertaste of pure sweetness!
Wine and Food Pairing – “Traditional”: sweet Tuscan delicacies such as Cantucci, Brigidini, Buccellato, Castagnaccio and Ricciarelli – “Unusual”: divide some pecorino cheese or Parmigiano into pieces, make a small hole in each one, fill it with a teaspoon of Vin Santo and enjoy!