Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 Fattoria del Colle
Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents her Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 Fattoria del Colle aged in caratelli for eleven years .
A small selection of very few bottles for lovers of sweet wines
First of all Vin Santo is part of the history of Tuscany. In ancient times all the noble families had caratelli (small barrels) in which the Vin Santo aged in the attic of their Villas. Vin Santo was always served at important banquets .
We do not know when the production of this sweet golden and refined wine was born, it surely existed already in Siena in the fourteenth century. But it was precisely during a banquet that the Vin Santo ceased to be called “vino pretto” that means pure and took on its present name.
According to legend, this happened in 1439 after the Council of Florence. That meeting was attended by the Greek Cardinal Giovanni Bessarione who, tasting it, exclaimed “this is the wine of Xantos! ” in reference to the island where sweet wines were produced at the time particularly appreciated. Hence, since then xantos wine became Vin Santo and the name remained to indicate the delicious Tuscan nectar.
Fattoria del Colle too, has its vinsantaia, it is in the attic of the sixteenth-century villa. So, crossing the winery and climbing a staircase you can reach the attic where in winter it is very cold and in summer it is very hot. Here are the small barrels in which the golden liquid, squeezed from the dried grapes, remains to ripen for over ten years.
Last year the Vin Santo del Chianti of Fattoria del Colle received 93/100 from Robert Parker/Wine advocate. A success that we hope will be repeated in the future.
We recommend not to dip cookies in Vin Santo. It is a popular practice very widespread in Tuscany but absolutely harmful because it alters the aroma and taste of the wine.
DESCRIPTION OF VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI DOC
TYPE: sweet white
PRODUCTION AREA: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle.
CLASSIFICATION: Chianti DOC
GRAPES: white grapes authorised in Tuscany
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: The grapes are harvested in September and dried in crates exposed to the sun. In January they are vinified and sealed in the caratelli where they remain 12 years in an area with strong temperature variations in summer and winter. The barrels are of wood and different sizes from 50 to 200 liters.
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRODUCT
COLOR: intense amber yellow.
AROMA: very intense, complex with a clear honey flavor.
TASTE: full, harmonious, very intense and persistent.
HOW TO SERVE AND PRESERVE VIN SANTO
FOOD PAIRING: can also be served with traditional liver appetizers. Similarly well matched with dry pastries, especially almond based ones, it is consequently perfect to accompany the specialties of the Sienese tradition.
TABLE SERVICE: lightly cooled or at room temperature 18°C. Use white crystal glasses in the two versions: the classic small tulip or large ones with wide cup that allow a better appreciation of the aroma.
STORAGE: wine for very long aging, defies the centuries. Keep the bottles lying in a dark and cold place(13-15°C).