Malvasía, Trebbiano Toscano, Sangiovese
50cl * 16.5% ABV * Tuscany, Italy
Established in the Chianti Classico region at the Castello di Brolio in 1141, Barone Ricasoli is one of the four oldest wine estates in the world. The Castello di Brolio Vin Santo, true to tradition, expresses one of the “historic” grapes of the area, Malvasia del Chianti. Its production method also stays true to tradition. The grapes destined for Vin Santo are gathered late in the harvest, at the point at which the sugar content is high enough to sustain the long ageing process that this wine undergoes. The bunches are hung and left to dry partially for several months. The must obtained from light crushing ferments slowly and is then placed in 225-litre half-barriques of oak.
Aromas of dried apricots and toasted hazelnuts are echoed on the palate. A classic Vin Santo in a drier style with a hint of plush custard and figs. This has a sweet, subtle, complex flavour with good balance and a long finish.
Pair with dark chocolate, blue cheeses, and caramelised nutty desserts.
"Made with Malvasia and Sangiovese, this opens with aromas of resin, dried fruit and flaky pastry. On the sweet but rather fresh palate, clover honey and pine nut accent a core of mature apricot." 88/100 Points, Wine Enthusiast
96/100 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate