La Torre farm takes its name from the antique 10th Century Medieval tower, which has been skilfully refurbished and even today is the distinguishing feature of the rural village, La Villa, located in the hills of San Gimignano, in the centre of the most suggestive and fascinating landscapes on earth: a land of vineyards and olive groves.
Owner: Enrico Angiolini
Winery Philosophy: The Vernaccia of Enrico Angiolini is estate bottled and estate produced and made with 100% Vernaccia. It has a seductively floral bouquet, a clean slightly flinty taste and a finish that is long and satisfying. The body is rich and velvety. The change from DOC to DOCG and the more stringent restrictions have not changed the way Vernaccia is produced at La Torre as Angiolini has always imposed strict quality controls. His is the style of Vernaccia that Michelangelo must have had in mind when he demanded several cases as part of his payment while painting the Sistine Chapel.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first DOC in Italy for white wine and had a much more widespread recognition in the past than it does today. The Vernaccia of the past was a light golden-colored wine, full-bodied, rich and round, with a special freshness and elegance. This description alone gives the impression of a wine that can age and, in fact, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the only Italian white wine that has the right to be called Riserva if aged for 1 year. Greed, over-production and poor administration has begun to wear away at the image of this wine and the traditional style that brought it so much acclaim in the past.
Winery Acreage: 350 hectares, but only 42ha under vine.
Varietals Produced: Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Winemaker: Enrico Angiolini
The fame of this varietal (100% Vernaccia) is as much tied to the city from which it comes as to the wine itself. San Gimignano is a beautiful Tuscan town renown for its towers. In a great show of one-upmanship during the 10th Century the inhabitants constructed 72 towers each one more beautiful and higher than the other. Today only 14 of those towers remain and one is on the 350 hectare estate of Enrico Angiolini, 42 of which are under vine. Angiolini is a traditionalist and he believes that more than just the fame of this city should be tied to the wine. He fought hard to see that the wine bearing the San Gimignano name is from grapes grown and bottled within the confines of the community. He was successful not only from blocking large Chianti houses from bottling Vernaccia outside the zone, but he was also responsible for its receiving a DOCG, Italy’s second white wine to be so honored.
Color: Deep ruby red. Bouquet: Intense vinous bouquet with a beguiling blackberry and violet notes. Taste: Round and robust with hints of wild berries, dark cherry and spice. This Chianti has an excellent acidity and a long and satisfying finish.
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80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Malvasia Nera
10 months in large Slavonian oak casks
Wine Making Notes
Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Malvasia Nera Vineyards: La Torre is one of the original estates in San Gimignano and has 350 hectares in the hills of San Gimignano. It has clay, marl and calcareous soil with a large percentage of rocks and stones for good drainage. The vineyards lie at 300 to 400 meters. Vines are an average of 15 years old. Harvest: October - by hand Yield per hectare: 75 Quintals per hectare Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures. The juice is pumped over twice daily. The maceration period is about 15 days. Aging: 10 months in large Slavonian oak casks Acidity: 6 Alcohol: 12.5%
Pairs well with roasted red and white meats, aged cheeses, dishes with rosemary and garlic or mushrooms.