Vinsanto Valdichiana DOC 2014
The 2014 vintage, generally characterized by frequent rainfall, required notable effort and attention in the vineyard to guarantee a proper development of the vegetation. The summer months, up until harvest time, were marked by rain and temperatures below normal seasonal averages. The picking, entirely by hand and with much attention to a careful selection of the bunches, began during the period from September 10th to September 20th for the Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia grapes and lasted the entire month.
FERMENTATION AND AGING
The harvest, with the crop picked directly onto the trays to be used during the drying process, assisted in this way in preserving to the maximum extent the integrity of the grapes. After the drying process, which lasted approximately four and a half months, the grapes, with a high sugar content, were given a soft pressing and the must transferred directly into oak barrels, where it slowly fermented. The fermentation stopped when the wine reached 13° of alcohol, leaving much residual sugar in the wines. The fermentation was generated principally by older “mother yeasts” from the Valdichiana along with carefully chosen selected yeasts. After more than four yeasts of aging, the wine was bottled at the end of 2019 January.
The ancient town of Cortona rises on a high hill not far from the cities of Siena and Perugia. On one side the wide plain, on the other side the hill and its hamlet. This is the view which can be enjoyed from the new Santa Cristina cellars, constructed in 2006 to confirm and renew the tradition of the wine of the same name, first produced in the year 1946. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for connoisseurs, and not merely these consumers, thanks a constant commitment to high quality. The care and attention always given to both the vineyard work and the work in the cellar have been the stimulus for constant innovation and for measuring professional work and capacities with both native and international grape varieties. The result has been the creation of a family of wines, all different from one another but distinguished by the same artisan style, fruit of the indissoluble link between the vineyard, the terroir, and human contribution and input Vin Santo is the historic Tuscan wine of festivities and of important and convivial occasions. The centuries-old grape varieties of Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, dried for months according to the local tradition, are given a soft pressing and then aged in small barrels for over four years to produce a wine with a naturally obtained content of residual sugar.
The Santa Cristina Vin Santo offers an intense amber yellow color. The nose shows the traditional aromas of pastry, raisins, apricots, and candied fruit of the Malvasia along with the hazelnuts of the Trebbiano Toscano. The palate is full bodied, supple, and fragrant on the finish and aftertaste where the nutty sensations first felt on the nose reappear.