2007 IL Poggione Vin Santo
2007 IL Poggione Vin Santo, from Tuscany, Italy, Malvasia – Trebbiano Blend
Vin Santo (“Holy Wine”) is the name given to (usually) amber-hued straw wines, traditionally from Tuscany, central Italy. The origins of the name are disputed, but most agree it comes from the time when these wines were used for Holy Communion. There are similar wines made in other Italian wine regions, and the vinsanto of Santorini is very close in both name and style, but the Tuscan hills retain a long-standing connection with these golden, intensely flavored wines.
Vin santo is produced in various classified zones in Tuscany, including Chianti and its viticultural sub-regions of Carmignano, Sant’Antimo and Montepulciano. In these four places the vin santo has its own DOC, but it is also covered by other DOCs including Pomino, Bolgheri and Elba. Other examples are found in Umbria, Veneto (specifically in Gambellara) and Trentino, where it is made from Nosiola.
Malvasia – Trebbiano wines are made from two of Italy’s most widely-used grape names. Both are names rather than single varieties, as neither refers to just one single grape variety. Trebbiano (France’s Ugni Blanc) has multiple sub-varieties, and its name is also used for Trebbiano di Soave and Trebbiano di Lugana, which are not Trebbiano at all, but synonyms of Verdicchio. When it comes to Malvasia, things get even more confusing, as the name is used for both red and white wine grapes.