Crociani, DOC Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy, 2011
See my Vin Santo entry for details of the typical production process.
This wine: lot No. L6.129.375 (on back label), unspecified white blend, but may include grechetto, malvasia, and trebbiano; coated natural cork closure, 375ml, 16% abv, Waitrose, £19 (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: tawny hued vin santo from Montepulciano, from white grapes; intense aromas of woodiness, Christmas cake and walnuts; full bodied with fresh acidity, with a palate mirroring the nose. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, drink now – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: slightly hazy, medium intensity tawny, showing tears [a tiny quantity of fine sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of old polished wood, walnut, a hint of dark toffee, a hint of Christmas cake.
Palate: sweet, medium (+) acidity, high alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a low key grip, with flavours of Christmas cake, a hint of dark toffee, walnut. A long (>30s) length, with a clean finish of Christmas cake edged with nuts on the end.
Quality: good, well balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, harmonious with the strong intensity and similar concentration; showing a fairly simple fully developed complexity; finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, drink now – a sound structure and balance, plenty of intensity and concentration, but lacking complexity for a fully developed wine, and the haziness is a concern, indicating a wine out of condition, perhaps protein precipitation from poor storage ie too hot or too cold.