What better way to start 2021 year than looking all the way back to where it all started? We opened two very rare bottles of Vernaccia Panizzi,
vintage 1991 and the very first Riserva Panizzi, vintage 1991. And we were inspired, amazed and thrilled to discover these two amazing wines to be the embodiment of our mission to create terroir driven wines with excellent evolutionary skills.
The 1991 was a complicated vintage, with early budding and frosts, followed by rain. Summer was with little rain, hot, but not excessively. August and early September were cool, with big diurnal/nocturnal excursions. Rainy end of September. Overall, good vintage with very small production.
We had the pleasure to share this experience with Intravino team (Leonardo Romanelli, Sabrina Somigli, Clizia Zuin and Tommaso Ciuffoletti) who shared with us their tasting notes.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1991 took the Integrity award. From the colour it looks as if made yesterday, golden bright colour. On the nose, dried yellow flowers, candied pineapple, dry earth, hints of seaweed. Clean and intact on the palate, without particular persistence, but with the typical almond finish.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 1991 was entirely new French barrique fermented and aged for 12 months. Golden colour. The nose recalls mature yellow fruit, honeyed caramel and sandalwood. Lively palate, with an acidic grip, citrus fruit, vanilla and polyphenolic astringency originating in wood. Unbelievable fresh finish. Gerontophilic emotion!