2019-C Il Colombaio di Santachiara Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Pale, straw yellow with golden flecks. The bouquet is delicate and fresh with scents of apple and floral notes. The palate is dry and structured with green apple, key lime, melon rind, wonderfully balanced acidity, a touch of flint and a pleasing note of salinity on the finish.
The story of Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara begins like many in Italy - a family farm built by hard work. Mario Logi began working the land as a teenager in the 1950s, later acquiring his own property and raising a family. In 2002 Mario’s youngest son, Alessio, who was studying Oenology, wanted to put his efforts and passion to use and make wine from their own vineyards. It quickly became a family project and the winery, Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara, was born. In the late 1990’s, Mario purchased the Parish San Donato with its chapel, parsonage and fields. It was there that the family built its first small wine cellar. The three brothers, Giampiero, Stefano and Alessio, enjoyed working together, experiencing the beauty of the land, guided by Mario and his extensive knowledge of the vines. With the expansion of the winery, the property is now Locanda dei Logi, a beautiful inn just a short distance from San Gimignano. All good wine begins in the vineyard. Drawing on his long experience and instincts developed over a lifetime of farming, Mario and his sons are constantly among their vines, guided by the principle that “a vineyard, by its nature is not ‘natural’ and its health requires attention— beginning with a healthy biosphere.” And for this reason, they have worked diligently to obtain organic farming certification. From the beginning, the focus was on Vernaccia di San Gimignano; using a unique varietal was the perfect platform to express the characteristics of the land. With the collaboration of oenologist, Nicola Berti, every vintage has increasingly been made with an eye toward improving the ability of the wine to tell the story. Vernaccia from San Gimignano has a long history, and since the Renaissance period has been considered one of Italy’s oldest and most noble wines. The Vernaccia wine grape was mentioned as early as 1276 in San Gimignano’s records and in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Its name is thought to originate from the word vernaculum, which means ‘of the place’ and is the etymological root of the English word ‘vernacular’. As might be expected, and in light of this fact, there are several grape varieties known elsewhere in Italy as ‘Vernaccia’, which just happened to be the local grape variety used in their respective regions. The grapes were carefully selected and harvested by hand. After a short maceration on the skins, the must was fermented in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks, resulting in a fresh, vibrant, delicately aromatic, dry white wine.