Vin Santo has been an important part of Tuscan wine history since the Middle Ages. There are many theories about the origin of its name. A legend from Siena tells of a friar who in 1348 cured the sick with the wine normally used by the brothers to celebrate mass. Word spread that this was a miraculous wine, leading to the name “santo,” or “holy,” — although another less picturesque explanation cannot be ruled out, which is simply the association of this wine with its customary use during the mass. The recognition of the Vin Santo del Chianti DOC in August 1997 marked an important stage in the quality evaluation of this highly traditional Tuscan wine.
"The 2007 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico opens to a beautiful orange color and amber highlights. The purity of the bouquet is off (there are evident winery aromas) that may be due to a bad barrel used for the lot of samples I received. There’s tons of honey and apricot in there too, but they are mostly masked by that strange mustiness. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2018."