2017 Rosso DOC Le Casematte
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Cappucio, Nocera|
|District||IGP Terre Sicilliane|
This delicious red is made from 55% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Nerello Capuccio, 10% Nocera and Nero d'Avola aged for 18 months in older French oak tonneaux. Sleekly aromatic nose, cherries, raspberries, mocha, herbs and wild flowers. Good acid lift, rich core of tannins, lots of ripe fleshy red fruits, cherries, macerated strawberries and mocha. Not heavy at all but persistent and with great length. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Jun 2020)
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Pale garnet. Earthy, penetrating nose and a charming sweet palate. Fruitier than Corney’s Etna red. Real wine with a beginning, middle and end. Masses of personality and not a ridiculous price. Impressively long. GV Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2020)
There can't be too many wine estates named after WWII gun emplacements, but the three concrete casemattes among the vines designed to protect the Strait of Messina have indeed inspired the name of Le Casematte - "a place where grapevines have supplanted death" they say on their web-site, probably quite profound. Le Casematte was founded in 2008 by former footballer Andrea Barzagli and accountant Gianfranco Sabbatino. The vines are in the north of Sicily, with vineyards rising to 500m above sea-level, and northerly exposures helping to mitigate the southern sun-shine. They are committed to organic farming.
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