This is a glassful of pure joy. The 2017 from an organic vineyard in Tuscany captures the sunshine and salty freshness of great Vernaccia. It has an expressively aromatic nose, with a peach, lemon pith and white flower aroma. The palate has zesty freshness and energy. This estate has excelled itself in 2017.
Tenuta Le Calcinaie is owned and run by one of the most delightful and passionate winemakers inall of Italy, Simone Santini. He produces exceptional Vernaccia from his estate that he purchased in 1984 and built up slowly to its first commercial release in 1993. Simone's vineyards are planted in a unique terroir. Richly laden with ancient sea fossils (similar to the soil in Chablis), these calcium-rich shells dissolve into the earth during rainstorms. This water is then absorbed by the vine adding a soft salinity to his whites. Extended lees maceration creates additional complexity and roundness. His use of stainless steel tanks on many of his wines ensures exceptional purity of fruit which is long lived and refreshing, yet full on the palate.
San Gimignano is a picturesque medieval village whose sandstone towers rise boldly from the southern Tuscan hillsides. Unbeknown to countless tourists, it is surrounded by vines of which Vernaccia is the main grape variety. For many years, this distinctive grape had virtually fallen into oblivion, until 1966 when it became a DOC (and then a DOCG in 1993), saving it from possiblefuture extinction. Other varieties - Tuscan and international - can also be found in this upcomingarea.