The Preview of Vernaccia di San Gimignano in 2021 keeps only the name (and not even that to the end ...) of the annual presentation of the new vintages in print, operators and consumers, for the rest it is completely different in form but not in substance, do know the quality of the wines of the last harvest, 2020 and 2019.
In this new Covid version, the Consortium of Vernaccia di San Gimignano managed to organize a preview that was in many respects winning: with a contingent number of professionals, the aspect of the tastings took place in a quieter and less chaotic way. Another important fact is that the territory was also involved in the organization, in particular those productive activities such as restaurants, which allowed insiders to taste typical products combined with Vernaccia selections.
The preview of Vernaccia di San Gimignano in 2021 was a day dedicated to the Italian and international press, obviously with numbers reduced to less than half compared to previous years.
Confirmed in this case the two locations, the De Grada Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art for tasting of the sixty-nine wines previewed by thirty-four companies, Dante Room of the Town Hall for the XNUMXth edition of the cycle 'White Wine and its territories'.
“Vernaccia in Commedia. Six author profiles of the symbolic wine of San Gimignano, six special companions of unsettling elective affinities: six great pairs of European White Wine, for a new humanism ", this is the title of the tasting conducted by Antonio Boco and Paolo De Cristofaro, during which six pairs of wines were presented, a Vernaccia di San Gimignano and a great white wine of six different denominations and origins - a Alto Adige Valle Isarco Veltliner, a Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, an Orvieto Classico Superiore, a Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, a Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc and a Palette Blanc - selected according to the style that the producer has given them.
"Each territory is special and the characters that distinguish it must be respected" this is how the two authors explain their choice, Antonio Boco and Paolo De Cristofaro However, in a certain way range of action, it is the winemaker with his choices that determine the final characteristics of his work. This tasting brings women and men back to center stage ".
A tasting that brought women and men back to center stage, comparing 6 interpretations of Vernaccia di San Gimignano with as many wines from distant areas and items on the menu, not only geographically.
Companies present at the Preview of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2021:
Farmers of the Chianti Geografico, Alessandro Tofanari, Cantine Guidi, Cappellasantandrea, Casa alla Vacche, Casa Lucii, Cesani, Collemucioli, Collina dei Venti, Abbey of Monte Oliveto, Fattoria di Fugnano and Bombereto, Fattoria San Donato, Fattorie Melini, Fornacelle, Guicciardini Strozzi, Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara, Il Lebbio, Il Palagione, La Lastra, Montenidoli, Mormoraia, Palagetto, Panizzi, Podere le Volute, Poderi del paradiso, San Benedetto, San Quirico, Signano, Tenuta le Calcinaie, Tenuta Montagnani, Tenuta la Vineyard, Teruzzi, Tollena, Vagnoni.
2020 in the vineyard:
In the disastrous year of the Coronavirus, Bacchus protected the vines and their fruits with a seasonal trend that could hardly have been better, all the vegetative phases began in the normal way, the expulsion of the shoots and the flowering were excellent, very good fruit set and veraison , no water stress, no traumatic weather events. If we also consider that in the period of lockdown the producers were not able to dedicate themselves to the usual commercial commitments, from fairs and promotional events, but only to the care of the campaign, the result is what we see today, beautiful vineyards and perfect grapes.
2020 in the glass:
Le vernacce tasted - only a sample of all those present - have proved almost all ready, in fact the two months in the bottle (unlike the previews of February) are felt. Wines, with perhaps less acidity than those of the 2019 vintage, but with a marked silkiness and sweetness, combined with the distinctive characters of each individual producer.
Below is a selection of tastings by Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2020:
Santandrea Clara Stella Chapel | ⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow with greenish reflections, citrus scents, golden apple on the nose. Clean sip with hints of pink grapefruit, good persistence.
Casa alla Vacche | ⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, discreet nose with hints of white peach and white flowers. Mineral and long sip, with peppery hints and a pleasant almond finish.
Casa alla Vacche I Macchioni | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with golden reflections, ripe plum and lavender nuances on the nose. Savory palate with grapefruit references and a long and rich almond finish.
Cesani | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, fruity and mineral nose with notes of yellow peach, apricot and a finish of green pepper. Palate composed with a nice flavor and a long citrus persistence.
Melini Le Grillaie Farm | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, nose intense notes of green apple, wisteria and menthol nuances. Rich and fragrant palate, it closes with notes of acamphor and yellow flowers.
Guicciardini Strozzi Villa Cusona | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow, delicate nose of white flowers and lavender, dry and composed palate, references to white peach and flint.
Guicciardini Strozzi Titled Strozzi | ⭐⭐
Straw yellow with golden nuances, mentholated nose with notes of aromatic herbs and fresh fruit. Lively palate, with references to green apple and peach. Medium persistence
The Lastra| ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with golden reflections, green nose with notes of elderberry and apple, soft and relaxed sip, with hints of hay and tropical fruit. Good persistence.
Suavis murmurs | ⭐
Straw yellow with golden reflections, yellow apple and mineral notes on the nose, subtle palate with references to fresh fruit.
Panizzi | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, rich on the nose with hints of green apple, yellow peach and jasmine. Fruity palate with a lively minerality, with good persistence.
San Quirico | ⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow with greenish reflections, slightly closed nose with notes of yellow flowers and white peaches, vinous sip, of medium persistence.
Podere le Volute | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with golden reflections, yellow apple notes of aromatic herbs on the nose, penetrating palate with hints of grapefruit and yellow flowers. Good persistence
Poderi del Paradiso | ⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow, on the nose hints of citrus, aromatic herbs and mineral notes. Crunchy sip with grapefruit hints, closes with almond.
They mean | ⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, rich nose of banana and white flowers, savory and rich sip, with a nice salinity at the end.
Signano Poggiarelli | ⭐⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow with greenish reflections, fine and elegant nose with hints of camphor and flint. Dry palate with enveloping sweet notes.
Teruzzi White Island | ⭐⭐⭐
Straw yellow with greenish reflections, green apple and white flowers on the nose, lively palate with a lively mineral and excellent flavor
Tollena Lunario | ⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow, white flowers and ripe fruit on the nose, composed sip with hints of citrus and scrub. of medium persistence.
Monte Uliveto Abbey | ⭐⭐
Pale straw yellow with greenish reflections, delicate nose with hints of white flowers and green apple. Elegant palate with a pleasant almond finish. Medium persistence.