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2012 Vernaccia, Cesani

2012 Vernaccia, Cesani
ref. CESA120 FEB14

Wine Variety: It is thought that the name of this grape has the same root as the word "vernacular" and could have been applied to any local variety. For this reason, there are a number of unrelated Italian grapes whose name include the word Vernaccia.

This one is a very old Tuscan variety, first mention of which was in 1276 in a tax document held in the town that has since become synonymous with the grape: San Gimignano. Vernaccia di San Gimignano was, in 1966, the first wine to be awarded DOC status.

Wine Region: We're near Siena here in central Tuscany. The soils of San Gimignano are sandstone-based and give rise to light wines. San Gimignano itself is renowned for the many towers that rise above the town. Vines have been grown here since pre-Christian times, initially by Greek settlers.

Wine Producer: Cesani is an agriturismo, meaning that you can stay on the property. Vineyards are worked orgnically. The winery itself is some six kilometres south of San Gimignano.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Vernaccia
  Producer
Producer:
Cesani
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
San Gimignano
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Tuscany
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 20 degrees C.
Pale greenish lemon in the glass: good colour. Nice nose, too. Quite aromatic, with scents of flowers, fresh and dried, and the fruit, part citrus, part melon. Good juiciness and some powdered rock minerals. Nice fresh concentration to the palate. Light, powdered minerality. Acidity is lemon and well cached. A long wine and one that presents this powdered earth texture on the tongue. Grip becomes peppery, never dominant. Good wine.

Later, at 11 degrees C:
Floral, slightly musky aromas are emphasised at this temperature. Hint of dried apple to the fruit. Lots of spice, too. Nice density of aromas. The palate is dry, with a dry, earthy minerality in the form of fine dusty texture. Nice grip and intent. Length is good, too. Good wine. 

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