Visited an Italian Restaurant 'La Villa' in the town..with 2 visitors from the U.S.A.
It was their treat..but I got to choose the wines.
Panizzi di San Gimignano Vernaccia Riserva 2001 Toscana
San Gimignano has recently realised that its Vernaccia does have an ability to age. Previously it had always been considered a wine for early drinking, within a couple of years, but recent tastings of some older bottles have proved otherwise.
Twelve months in barrel.
Gold colour; nose reserved at first...
airing opened it to show medium oak aromas;
sweetish opening flavour with the oak
and acidity nicely balanced, a touch of
botrytis...again improved with airing,
has taken on weight with age and is
certainly a very interesting wine.
A tip..decant 2 hours before drinking..
Chose the Strozzi Sodole 1999 but it was sold out..
so decided on the Millanni, a wine the
vineyard first produced in 1994
Strozzi Millanni 1999 RossoToscana San Gimignano
A Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot blend
Superb deep colour,a dark brooding wine;
herbaceous aromas, berries, plums;
a lean entry leads to a rounded,
medium-bodied palate with drying, grainy tannins.
Porty..needs a few years..and softened with airing
Again..2 hours in a decanter would have helped.
16.5....more with a few years in bottle
More information on the back label