Nittardi Ben 2017

Intensive bouquet of fresh fruit with hints of citrus and a mineral, sparkling freshness. Medium-bodied and balanced, with a long-lasting finish. Excellent as an aperitif as well as with starters and all variations of grilled fish, pasta and vegetable dishes. Best served at approx. 10° C (50° F).

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"BEN is short for the Italian forename Beniamino, which is often bestowed upon the youngest and most beloved son. And this is true of Nittardi’s BEN, a long-cherished dream of ours and, since 2012, our first Maremma white wine. BEN is made from 100% Vermentino, a grape varietal indigenous to Tuscany and found along the entire Mediterranean coast. The ideal microclimate here in Southern Maremma, not far from the Tyrrhenian coast, gives BEN its refreshing taste and subtle hint of saline minerality. The 2014 vintage was rated best Vermentino from Tuscany by the famous wine writer James Suckling. The 2015 vintage was rated best white wine from Tuscany by the famous wine critic Jancis Robinson".

Varietal: Vermentino 100% Soil: Mostly sand rich with stone and clay

Production: Fermentation and six-month maturation in 10.5-ton stainless steel tanks, followed by a brief period of bottle aging.

Nittardi is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, with vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Maremma. The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God). In the 16th century, the vast property belonged to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who, in 1549, while painting the Sistine Chapel, wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts.”