The wait is over: after the last harvest in 2007, Evoè is finally back at Panizzi, a special white wine that explores the boundaries of Vernaccia: very ripe grapes, long maceration on the skins, the aging in wood and a lot of bottle time.
Evoè had seen the light of day only on two harvests: the 2006 and the 2007.
"Those years coincided with an identity crisis for Vernaccia," recalls Simone Niccolai, owner of Panizzi "whose future was uncertain; it lacked a certain creative energy. Giovanni Panizzi, consistent with the spirit and his company and his own, wanted to experience, explore new territories, and so Evoè was made".
The intent was to investigate the expressive boundaries of this historic vineyard through a still little spread process and the results that could be surprising. He succeeded at the first shot, receiving rave reviews from industry guides, even improved in the next harvest. The years that followed were of extreme experimentation and years in which the result was not considered at the height of the expectations, and Evoè was not sold, but in 2013 the grapes ripened with the right degree of acidity and freshness in order to give life back to a quality wine. And here we are.
The winemaking process
The Vernaccia grapes, picked in late September, have been stemmed and crushed in conical oak vats. This was followed by the alcoholic fermentation and the subsequent long maceration on the skins for 5 and a half months. After racking and a period of aging and maturing of 10 months on the lees in casks, the wine was bottled. Finally, another 27 months of aging. A particular process, outside the box which goes beyond the production regulation, creating something really special.
Here is a closer look at this wine in its organoleptic characteristics. The color is reminiscent of the bright gold mitigated by clear amber edges. The aromas are intense, haunting, unusual; the fragrant notes of elderflower and herbs are pleasantly mitigated by the sensations of candied citrus, ginger, incense and passion fruit, along with an elegant touch of vanilla. Beautiful persistence, aggressive and responsive, satisfying and balsamic returns and minerals. The great structure and aromatic complexity are balanced with the easy drinkability.
Through his search, Giovanni Panizzi got perhaps close to the description that Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger made of Vernaccia wine in 1200: a wine that "kisses, licks, bites, stings and pike".
"The experimentation is such, in this wine, and the particular process so that each vintage gives rise to a unique product" explains Walter Sovran, winemaker at Panizzi. "The surprising Evoè 2013, compared to the 2006 harvest and 2007, the wealth of taste sensations, their balance and the absence of oxidative notes".
With an alcohol content of 12.5%, it should be served at 14-15 degrees and matched, to be enjoyed to the fullest, with cod, tasty meats, seasoned cheeses. It is a long-lived wine is kept in an optimal manner for 10 years or more.
The name was chosen, at the time, once again by Giovanni Panizzi, who loved educated references for his productions: Evoè is the cry of The Bacchae jubilation, made by women in the throes of ecstatic frenzy and potted by Dionysus (or Bacchus) god of life force and wine.
Evoè at Vinitaly 2017
Not surprisingly Evoè prepares to be the undisputed star of Panizzi's Vinitaly 2017, to be held on Aprile 9 through 12: the company's stand will have a whole wall dedicated to it and propped up the blue prime of his unmistakable label. It will be presented for the first time, in fact, on this important occasion, only to our stand B14 in Pavilion 9.
Along with Evoè the other products by Panizzi that will be available for tasting at the Verona fair will be: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2016, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Vineyard Santa Margherita 2015 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2013. Turning to red There will be a reserve Vertunno 2012, the Folgòre 2010 and the long-awaited Pinot Noir 2015. Besides these, there will be a Ceraso Rosato 2016 and Passito 2013.
For last-minute details, background and sneak peak, there's Facebook page. Our stand, like last year, will be in Pavillion 9, B14.