Vin Santo Val d`Arbia DOC 2001

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Vin Santo, which translates as "holy wine" in Italian, is a traditionally sweet wine from Tuscany. Made from equal parts Malvasia and Trebbiano Toscano, that are dried for a period of three to six months, as DOC regulations stipulate that vinification cannot begin until March following the harvest. The fermentation and aging process happens over eight years in caratelli (small oak casks), resulting in a very special wine of incredible complexity and concentration.

Tasting Notes

Vin Santo Val d'Arbia has a captivating amber color. On the nose, it is rich and complex with hints of roasted almonds, honey and dried apricot. Its full-bodied flavors of honey and dried fruits persist long into the finish—a true meditation wine.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with foie gras, bleu cheeses, torrone, or macaroons. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Val d'Arbia DOC
Vineyard name:
The Altesino vineyard
Vineyard size:
25 acres
Soil composition:
Sand and clay
Training method:
Spur-pruned cordon
Elevation:
924 feet
Vines/acre:
1,800-2,000
Yield/acre:
0.5 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1992
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1990
Bottles produced of this wine:
1,200
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
50% Trebbiano Toscana and 50% Malvasia
Fermentation container:
Caratelli
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
8 years days
Length of maceration:
8 years days
Type of aging container:
Caratelli
Size of aging container:
55 L
Age of aging container:
New and 7 years old
Type of oak:
Slavonian oak
Length of aging before bottling:
8 years
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
17 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
116.6 g/L
Acidity:
6.6 g/L
Dry extract:
155.4 g/L

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