2004 Villa Pillo Vin Santo (375ml)
This light-weight style is moderately sweet, evoking honey, grilled hazelnut, dried fig and lightly oxidized notes. Sweet vanilla and oatmeal cookie flavors mark the finish. Trebbiano and Malvasia. Drink now through 2015. 150 cases made.
It's not easy making Vin Santo. For starters, the grapes (Trebbiano and Malvasia) are left to dry slowly in a special outbuilding, which concentrates the sugar and flavor component considerably. What little juice is left after this process is fermented and stored in very small casks called caratelli, which are filled just three-fourths of the way. And then time stands still. For four years the wine oxidizes and ages, and then: Perfection! Villa Pillo's Vin Santo is an archetypal example of Tuscany's after dinner sipper. Ideal with biscotto at the close of an Italian-inspired meal.