VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG
Vernaccia di San Gimignano has always been San
Gimignanos classic white wine.
The Pliocene soils around the City of the Fair Towers, which were
once submerged by the furthest reaches of the Ligurian Sea, were the perfect
habitat for molluscs whose shells make the terrains highly calcareous. Up to
the ancient sea level, mid-way up the hills, its the perfect terrain for
great white wines.
The climate of the Tuscan countryside is temperate, and dry in the
summer. Its a perfect climate for great red wines, and indeed our valleys
are renowned for them. We have always considered Vernaccia to be the red of
white wines: the grapes may not yield highly fruited bouquets, but the wines
are vigorous and long-lived: 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.
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.
Indeed, the three Vernaccias produced at Montenidoli differ
considerably from each other, and each plays a distinct role in terms of wine
food pairings, aging, and the way it drinks best:
Fermented on the skins, it is traditional and ideal
for olive oil-based Mediterranean cuisine.
- Vernaccia Fiore:
the lees, it's refined and elegant, and perfect with haute cuisine.
- Vernaccia Carato:
in wood make it a meditation wine, in the manner of the great reds.