Vin Santo Di Montepulciano Wine

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Vin Santo di Montepulciano is an appellation given to wines produced in the appassimento (raisinated) method within the Montepulciano region in Tuscany, Italy. The production of Vin Santo dates back to at least the Middle Ages, with many theories as to why the name “Saint Wine” has stuck for so long. 

The most common Vin Santos are amber-colored and produced from Trebbiano, Malvasia Blanco and sometimes smaller percentages of Grechetto. The reds are known as Occhio del Pernice (the Eye of the Pigeon, referring to its dark pink color) and produced from a minimum 50% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese). The fruit is sourced from all of the Montepulciano zone with the exception of Val de Chiana. The DOC rules dictate that only grapes from east-facing vineyards with high altitude slopes and mainly sandy clay soils can be used in Vin Santo di Montepulciano. This is to ensure the most balanced, well-ripened grapes at harvest. 
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  • Aleatico

    Limited plantings of this minor red wine variety are found in warmer areas of California and Australia. Aleatico is m...

  • Malvasia

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

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  • I was invited to a tasting meant for restaurant managers, somms, etc., to choose wines for their venues.  Lucky me!  Thanks to Patrick Pretz of Crush Wines for an outtanding experience.  It was a great opportunity for me to meet many winemakers and taste a broad range of wines.  I will link the wines I tasted if anyone would like to see the info... Read More

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  • Avignonesi Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice 1993


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    Wine review by Francesco

  • Avignonesi Vin Santo 1995


    Liquid Caramel. Had to change the glass after tasting this wine. Marsala like. Diesel. Volatile. Oily. Viscous. Never seen anything like it except in my automotive parts store. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


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