Vittorio Innocenti Le Lame Bianco di Toscano IGT 2019

Vittorio Innocenti

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Our tasting impressions

I really enjoyed the 2018 of this wine but it was sold out before we could offer it. Fortunately, 2019 has all the same haunting and exotic aromas and flavors but is so much more - more body, depth, more everything. It is amazing that a white at this price-point can offer so much pleasure and intrigue. One taste and you may find you can't stop! 


About this wine

IGT stands for Indicazione Geografica Tipica. It is unclassified wine but not necessarily a measure of quality (expensive Super Tuscans are IGT).


The wine is 100% Malvasia from young vines in Montefollonico. Fermentation is in steel tanks without the skins. It is usually bottled the following April after wide-grain filtration.


About the grape

Malvasia is an incredibly flexible grape variety used to produce many different types of wine. Likely of Greek origin, it was first cultivated about 2,000 years ago. It is prone to oxidizing which is why it is commonly used in fortified wines.


About the vintage

As is so often the case recently, 2019 was defined most by excessive heat. Just when it seemed that drought would wipe out the vines, mid-summer rain saved the vintage. Rain in September presented challenges but overall this is shaping up to a fine vintage.


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Liberté


Vittorio Innocenti

Vittorio Innocenti, a former philosophy teacher and his son Tommaso run this estate from a 13th century cellar in Montefollonico. They own 32 hectares in and around Montepulciano but only 12 are planted with vineyards of up to 50 years old. The vista views from the back patio are incredible.


They produce seven wines, but the cellars (in multiple locations) are dominated by the small barrels containing Vin Santo - a traditional Tuscan dessert wine. Vittorio says he has enough crops to produce more wine but he can’t because there is no room to store it.


Vittorio speaks no English and I no Italian. So we struggle to communicate in French unless, as usually is the case, his close friend Laura is on hand to translate. Despite the language gap, I like and have a deep respect for Vittorio. He is intensely committed to producing the highest quality wines and takes as much pride in his most modest offering as he does his top bottling.


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