Avignonesi Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 1998
Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A rich amber coloured wine with an extremely intense and persistent bouquet. Layers of dried fruit, rose petals, tea leaves, exotic spices and vanilla blend together creating a full-bodied, sweet, and thoroughly unique taste.
"Thick and heavy, this coats the palate with dried apricot, fig paste, caramel and molasses flavors. This is impressive for its concentration, but also comes clean on the finish, courtesy of bright acidity. Long, expansive finish."
"Opaque dark amber; this coats the glass like motor oil or Pedro Ximenez sherry. Explosively intense aromas of sultanas, dried fig, vanilla, caramel, white chocolate, mocha and burnt brown sugar. Rich, viscous and supersweet, but with very high acidity lifting the amazingly concentrated flavors of raisin, fig, mocha and balsamic herbs. Finishes thick, rich and smooth, with truly amazing length. An exceptional example of a great sweet wine that is like a liquid vanilla-almond-caramel syrup."
International Wine Cellar
"The 1998 Vin Santo di Montepulciano bursts from the glass with the essence of espresso, mocha, toffee, burnt sugar, hazelnuts and spices. The 1998 is an especially opulent version of the Vin Santo, even by this house’s standards. The finish lasts an eternity as the sweet, dense fruit flows through to the finish. As always, the Vin Santo shows elements of florality that distinguish it from the decidedly darker, brooding Occhio di Pernice, most of which can be attributed to the use of white grapes. "
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In 1309 pope Clement V transferred the papal residence from Rome to Avignon, France. In 1377, when pope Gregory XI moved the papal residence back to Rome, some noble families of Avignon left France to follow him. It was at that time, in Italy, that one of those families became known as Avignonesi - probably to simplify an otherwise difficult, foreign name. Soon the Avignonesi...
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One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...
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