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Crocus Riserva 2017 – Casa alle Vacche

Crucus Riserva 2017 - Casa alle Vacche
Written by Piero Pardini

Credits: Piero PardiniThe Wolf Post

Casa alle Vacche” is the company of the Ciappi family, located in San Gimignano. “Winegrowers have always been 100% Tuscan”, as they like to define themselves: everyone is involved in the various activities of the company, each with a specific role, for the happiness of grandfather Silvano who passed the baton to his sons Fernando and Lorenzo today flanked by the third generation Ciappi.
The very curious name (Cow house) for a winery is due to historical reasons. In the 19th century, the area where it stands today was used as a stable for cows that were used for towing wagons and working in the fields.
The name is not just a historical reference. It highlights the soul of the territory and of the family by evoking the simplicity, genuineness, effort and hard work of farmers first, winemakers later.
The company philosophy aims to rediscover the “native” vines of Tuscany, making them express their full potential. The queen is undoubtedly Vernaccia di San Gimignano produced in 3 versions and recently also sparkling.

Owners: Lorenzo and Fernando Ciappi
Oenological management: Paolo Salvi
Agronomic management: Fernando Ciappi
Viticulture: integrated pest management
Vineyard hectares: 25
Bottles produced: 110,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Foundation year: 1962

Crucus Riserva 2017 - Casa alle Vacche - © Ph. Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post

© Ph. Piero Pardini – The Wolf Post

Wine: Crocus Riserva
Variety composition: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Alcoholic strength: 13.5% vol.
Vintage: 2017
Denomination: Vernaccia di San Gimignano Crocus Riserva.
Classification: D.O.C.G.
Production area: San Gimignano.
Soil: Pliocene ocher sands and calcareous concretions.
Altitude: from 210 to 280 m a.s.l.
Training system: Guyot and spurred cordon.
Density of vines per hectare: 4,600.
Wine production per hectare: 45 hl.
Vinification: pressing of the grapes directly in a lung press. Controlled fermentation in new barrels with continuous “batonnage”. Refinement in the bottle for at least 4 months.
Serving temperature: 10-12 ° C.

Visual exam
Clarity: Crystal-clear
Color: straw yellow
Consistency: consistent
Observations: with golden reflections.
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Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: moderately complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity and spicy
Observations: pot pourri of slightly withered yellow flowers, notes of ripe fruit such as peach, apricot but also exotic, spicy hints of vanilla and saffron. Closing with brackish nuances.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: – – –
Minerality: moderately mineral
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: moderately balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: moderately length
Quality: good

Final remarks
State of evolution: mature
Harmony: moderately harmonious

Rating: From 80 to 84 points
3 Lupetti

Pairings: sea bass carpaccio.

Casa alle Vacche
Localita’ Lucignano,73/a
53037 San Gimignano (Siena)
Phone +39 O577 955103

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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