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Ori Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2018 – Il Palagione

Ori Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2018 - Il Palagione - © Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post
Written by Piero Pardini

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Il Palagione is an ancient farm dating back to 1594, located along the panoramic road that connects San Gimignano to Volterra.
The old farmhouse, located on the top of the hill, is registered in the land registry as a building of particular historical value due to the unaltered characteristics of rural architecture, which, until the middle of the last century, housed the peasant families, who worked the surrounding land. Pursuing a dream, the current owner decides to buy (1995) the estate to revive this important agricultural reality.
In a short time, the old farmhouse was renovated and the vineyards were replanted on the land once planted with vines (1997/2001). Subsequently, a cellar was built (2001) equipped with the most modern equipment for the respectful and delicate processing of the grapes, obtaining a barrel cellar in the subsoil to obtain the best and natural conservation of the wines in oak wood and a balanced refinement of the bottled.
With the subsequent purchase (2014) of the vineyards in Montagnana, the company reaches a land area of about 50 ha of which 17 are destined for specialized vineyards already in full production and in 2020 has further increased the wine area by a further 3 ha with the exclusive inclusion of native vines such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vermentino, Ciliegiolo and Canaiolo.

Ownership: Monica Rota and Giorgio Comotti
Oenological management: Valentino Ciarla, Giorgio Comotti, Gregorio Comotti
Agronomic management: Gregorio Comotti, Gabrio Comotti
Viticulture: certified organic
Vineyard hectares: 20
Bottles produced: 60,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
EVOO production: yes
Foundation year: 1996

Wine: ORI Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva
Variety composition: 100% Vernaccia
Alcoholic strength: 13.5% vol.
Vintage: 2018
Classification: D.O.C.G. (Guaranted Controlled Designation of Origin)
Vineyard exposure: South East.
Position of the land: hilly, 250 – 280 meters above sea level
Soil composition: medium mixture tending to silty-sandy with Pliocene marine deposits.
Screw depression system: high spurred cordon.
Harvest period: second and third week of September.
Production per hectare: 9,000 kg
Plant density: 5,000 plants per hectare
Fermentation: in steel at a controlled temperature.
Bottling: February / March following the harvest.

Visual exam
Clarity: crystal- clear
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: consistent
Remarks: with golden reflections.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity, spicy and mineral
Observations: the sample opens its bouquet with hints of slightly withered yellow flowers, followed by persuasive fruity notes of peach and cedar, but also hints of fruit in syrup and delicate hints of vanilla and saffron, mineral closure of brackish and silica. Balsamic nuance.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: balanced
Intensity: intense
Lenght: moderately long
Quality: very good
Observations: a sample where the balance between hard and soft parts is perfectly balanced.

Final remarks
State of Evolution: mature
Harmony: harmonious
Observations: a wine with its own identity, which differs from, but does not abandon, tradition. A champion of longevity and character.


Pairing: pappardelle with white rabbit ragout.

Il Palagione
Loc. Palagione – Castel San Gimignano
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Phone +39 0577 953134

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post".
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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