Sub-region: Vin Santo del Chianti Riserva
Grape(s): Malvasia 60%, Trebbiano 40%
A distinguished Vin Santo makes it into our Best In Show selection for the second year running -- so what might you look forward to if you aren't familiar with this style? The wine is a light, translucent russet brown in colour: old red wines lighten with time, but white wines of this sort deepen as the years pass. The aromas evoke old libraries and old furniture, but with a falling crystalline sweetness of scent that is hard to resist. On the palate, this Vin Santo is intense, vibrantly acidic and with remarkable aromatic focus: almost bracing, despite its extravagant sweetness. Look out for lingering flavours of fig, dried fruits (including apple), fresh grapes, caramel and toasted almond in this impressively concentrated wine.
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