Grape blend: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Alcohol content: 13% vol
Acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugars: 1.4 g/l
Vernaccia is a historical wine, already known and even praised in the 1500s by a Pope (Paul III)! It’s autochthonous to the hills of San Gimignano and was the first Italian wine to obtain the D.O.C. denomination, in 1966. Dry, fresh, but full-bodied and elegant, it’s a good companion at the table and also goes very well with food that is usually served with red wine. In 2020 the grapes formed characteristic, typical, large and juicy bunches. They benefitted from good water reserves and from the fact that no de-leafing was done, in order to avoid any possible “sunburn”. Vernaccia isn’t partial to extreme ripening, because it’s a wine characterised by proverbial freshness and drinkability, as well as having a limited alcohol content and being well-balanced between acidity and structure.
Tasting – Colour: strong, brilliant straw-yellow. The nose: elegant, floral and fruity followed, at the same time, by notes of walnut shell and spring daisies. In the mouth: fresh with strong, marked acidity; dry with a characteristic slightly bitter, typically almondy finish.
Wine and Food Pairing – Its sapidity, robust structure and great freshness allow it to accompany dishes from both “sea and land”, white meat, fish and first courses with seafood: squash ravioli with rabbit sauce, fried salt cod balls, spaghetti with clams, gnocchi with zucchini and prawns. It’s also excellent with appetizers, cold cuts, fresh cheeses (as long as they aren’t too salty) or a pecorino cheese flan.