2012 Carato Vernaccia
San Gimignano, Tuscany
92 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Carato is a terrific wine and one of the standout expressions of this historic denomination. This expression of Vernaccia offers more complexity and depth with aromas of preserved lemon, saffron and wild sage. You get the best of the appellation here. Carato is made with the same base as the Fiore but this wine ferments and ages in neutral oak instead.
The Carato sees French oak barrel aging and is a gorgeous expression of vernaccia with a nod to Burgundy with the notes of oak barrel aging integrating perfectly with the wine's fruit and minerality. I love this wine and try to get a few bottles when the new release comes around (along with the Fiore and Templare). Fermentation in wood follows the style of the Templars, giving this white an echo of Burgundy. It becomes a rich white, a nose full of different perfumes of honey, brioche toast, roasted nuts, full in the body and long in the aftertaste.
Soil composition Calcareous with marine sediments
Composition 100% Vernaccia
Farming certified organic
Vinification Free run juice ferments in barriques
Aging 12 months in mixed use French barriques
Refining 24 months in the bottle
Bouquet Intense, lemon and jasmine flowers
On the Palate Citrus fruits, spices, long savory aftertaste