2010 San Giusto a Rentennano Vin San Giusto 375 ml

Year: 2010
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 99
Vinous Media: 98
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 9.5%
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"This wine is classified as an IGT Toscana because Chianti Classico appellation laws require that Vin Santo has at least 12% alcohol. The 2010 Vin San Giusto only has 9.5% alcohol instead. These means you can count on extra sweetness and sugary intensity, and that is exactly the intention here. The blend is 90% Malvasia and 10% Trebbiano, and it ages for six long years in small barrels (resting on "mother" lees leftover from indigenous yeasts that have formed in previously used barrels and carried forward over the years). The wine pours from the bottle as if it were maple syrup, not wine. It shows super rich consistency that makes for slow and lazy movements as you swirl the glass. This wine is so absolutely singular it's hard to know how to score it, because it virtually has no equivalent. The bouquet shows hard candy, butterscotch, caramelized sugar, marron glacé and cedar smoke. The wine's drinking window is basically forever. A very precious 2,282 (375-milliliter bottles) exist, and I just tasted one of those unforgettable gems." (WA)

"The 2010 Vin San Giusto is one of the best editions of this wine I have ever tasted. A magical wine, the 2010 is captivating for so many reasons, including the way it delivers serious fruit intensity while also staying fresh and light on its feet. The 440 grams of residual sugar are not especially evident. Dried fig, dried herbs and chamomile shape the exquisite finish. This is an especially rich, concentrated sweet wine, much of that coming from six years in small casks and an evaporation of 30-40%. Stated simply, the 2010 Vin San Giusto is a total pleasure bomb." (VM)

Winery Notes:
This sweet wine is made from 90% Malvasia and 10% Trebbiano grapes, hand-picked when perfectly mature, and dried on racks in a well ventilated room for approximately 140 days. After the grapes are pressed, the must is sealed in small chestnut barrels, each containing 40 to 180 litres, which are placed in lofts where they are subject to seasonal temperature change. Here the wine ferments and develops slowly over a six year period,during which time 40% evaporates, which accounts for its extraordinary concentration. Before bottling, the wine is filtered, drop by drop, through Holland cloth.

Vin San Giusto has long ageing potential. It is bottled and held for a further 18 months, before it is released.

It should be sipped at cellar temperature 10°C (50°F). This wine containes no added sulfites.