2001 Avignonesi Vin Santo di Montepuliciano Occhio di Pernice, Vin Santo (375ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Vin Santo
Grape Varietal: Trebbiano
Review Score: 100WA, 98WS
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

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This wine merits every one of these 100 points. The 2001 Vin Santo di Montepulciano Occhio di Pernice (375 milliliters) is a singular work of art and a profound expression of Tuscany. I know Avignonesi owner Virginie Saverys would like to draw attention to the other wines in her portfolio, and she has every right to do so. But I just want to cry. When you have a wine as profound and perfect as this, everything else fades fast into the background. Virginie likes to say that Occhio di Pernice (made with red grapes) is the "male" and the Vin Santo di Montepulciano (made from white grapes) is the "female." This is a great observation. The bouquet here is smoky and savory, but brilliant and sophisticated at the same time. You get an infinite array of caramel, maple syrup, espresso bean, licorice and candied fruit aromas. There's so much dried fig as well. The concentration and thickness is out of this world. This wine is built like a tank and I'm not sure it will ever exit its drinking prime.

100 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Jan 2017)

Intense and ethereal at once, this concentrated sweet white saturates the palate, with caramel, espresso, roasted almond, fig and cacao aromas and flavors. A very clean style of Vin Santo, showing impressive harmony and complexity. Drink now through 2030. 208 cases made.

98 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb 2017)