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Vin Santo del Chanti

Posted by newkiwi, Nov 23, 2008.

I discovered a dusty bottle of Vigna del Papa Vin Santo, vintage 1998, that my parents had given us way long ago. We're about to open it, but what to expect? What is the shelf life of this wine? Is it way past its peak?


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 23, 2008.

Hi Newkiwi and welcome to snooth.

What you have is a somewhat sweet style of wine generally made from the white, Trebbiano grape in Tuscany. Traditional it is made in an oxidized style, which yields wines that are decidedly nutty, though i am not familiar with the producer of your bottle. 1998 is a fine vintage for Vin Santo and i would expect this bottle to show just fine. Many people enjoy dipping biscotti into their Vin Santo, and it is a common way to finish a glass in Tuscan.

I hope you enjoy your bottle and please let us know how it goes!

Reply by Philip James, Nov 23, 2008.

Newkiwi - hi there, yeah, basically the way the wine is made should ensure that, subject to storage conditions, its still ok now: the sugar and fact that its already oxidized/madirized helps.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Nov 24, 2008.

Biscotti, eh? Greg, can you think of other places where people dip food in their wines? How to do this gracefully at the table, I wonder?

Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 25, 2008.

Good question, I had an event where I gave everyone a glass of Vin Santo with Biscotti and I thought that exact same thing. In the end I served the wine in regular glasses but gave each guest a glass expresso cup, in the center of their dessert plate, filled half way to dip in. I'm not sure how they do it in Italy and I wasn't terribly happy with the answer i came up with either.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 26, 2008.

Pretty much as you would expect it. Small glass are usually used,

And sometimes little aperitif glasses if you're getting fancy with the spices!

Reply by amour, Jan 9, 2010.

THE COOKIES ARE CANTUCCINI. They are served in ITALY, as you showed, with VIN SANTO.

I have baked CANTUCCI DI PRATO which are cantuccini.

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