Gattavecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016

Oh my. This bottle was in my fridge for about four months, and now I can’t for the life of me figure out what I was thinking. It’s delicious!

First, the grape: vernaccia. Here’s a very nice summary from the Chicago Tribune.

The writer is spot on with his description. Wet white flowers. Beautiful aromas of summer fruit, particularly juuuuust ripe pears, green apples, and the flesh of nectarines close to the stone. In fact, the stone fruit theme is consistent, but not of juicy fruit, but rather in the way of pre-ripe fruit when the aromas are there, but not the sloppiness. A nice tightness inhabits the glass.

The bottle claims it to be pleasantly assertive and penetrating, which is about right. I’d reduce that by about 15%.

On the palate I found a wonderfully balanced mouthfeel of those snappy fruits, just right acids and the dry almond flesh that matches so well with food. I want to be careful to note that the almond element is not bitter; rather it spreads from the center of the tongue to the outside of the mouth, like a kind of savory blanket on which to create a picnic.

Actually, it’s better than that. The rich, dry almond-feel floats on smooth, creamy acids. It’s really quite a thing.

Again, the bottle claims bitter almonds, but there’s no hint of bitterness.