Vagnoni Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2005

89 points

Vernaccia Di San Gimignano, Toscana, Italy.  13.5%

A region (and grape by the same name) that I have not heard of.  So this is a very pleasant introduction.  Flavoursome with a nice seam of acidity – great finish.

The Oxford Companion to Wine (by Jancis Robinson) says that DOCG status was awarded in 1993 though there are records of wine in this appellation in 1276.  She describes the white wine “at its best, the wine has a crisp, refreshing quality and an attractivenly bitter finish”.  I think Jancis needs to lift her expectation for this region going by this particular bottle.

Great to see serious winemaking attention going to these unique local grape varieties.

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