Umbria IGT 2017
Umbria IGT (Typical Geographical Indication )
The 2017 vintage was characterized by a winter and spring which were, on the whole, both dry and marked by important, though little frequent, drops in temperature. These climatic conditions favored a regular bud burst during the month of March. The absence of rainfall, which distinguished the period from the month of June up through the first ten days of August, accelerated the ripening of the grapes. The positive temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness created by late August rains guaranteed the development of fragrance and freshness in the fruit.
The Viognier harvest took place in early August, while the picking of the Procanico and Grechetto was delayed until mid-September.
Fermentation and Aging
The fermentation of the Viognier, Grechetto, and Procanico took place separately on the basis of the ripeness levels of the different grapes. After destemming and a light pressing, the must was chilled to a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) to favor a natural static settling of the impurities, and the clarified must then went into stainless steel tanks, where it fermented at temperature held to a maximum of 63° Fahrenheit (17° centigrade). The wine was then held at a temperature of 50° Fahrenheit. The final preparation and bottling of the wine in small lots assisted in obtaining a wine which was always fresh and fragrant.
The “classic” Santa Cristina, first produced in 1946, has found, sixty years later, its “home” in the Santa Cristina cellars in Cortona, situated in the very heart of the Tuscany region. Ever since the 2009 vintage, this “family” of wines has increased in size and scope with the addition of a Santa Cristina Bianco and a Santa Cristina Rosato. The care and attention, first in the vineyards and then the cellar work, have made Santa Cristina a reference point both for experts in the sector and many others as well.
Santa Cristina Bianco is a straw yellow in color. The nose is dominated by the intensely fruity notes of bananas and citrus fruit typical of Grechetto and Procanico, and by candied fruit, characteristic of Viognier as a variety. The palate is balanced, savory, and with a good freshness and softness along with the fruity notes which recall the aromas felt on the nose.