2017 Rosso Le Casematte
|Grapes||Nocera, Nerello Mascalese|
|District||IGP Terre Sicilliane|
70% Nerello Mascalese. 30% Nocera aged in 1st and 2nd year use French Oak Tonneaux for 6 months. Gorgeously aromatic, pepper, violets, herbs and cherry skins, blackberry and raspberry, really generous. The palate has tang and grip, juicy fruit, cherry, cranberry and blackberry. Rich tannins, bright sappy acid, then herbs come through on the finish with a touch of pepper. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Jun 2020)
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Gorgeous lifted nose of sour cherry, tamarind, dark spice and earth. Succulent fruit palate with soft, rustic tannins. Charmingly walks the line between polished Pinot Noir and softer Rhone-like reds. This is a great, sophisticated everyday wine with real character from an enchanting corner of Sicily. Etna charm at half the price! Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 17 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com(Apr 2020)
This has some fascinating, garnacha-like aromas with burnt orange peel, freshly squeezed lemons, cranberries and glazed cherries and hazelnuts. Despite the initial aromatic impression, the palate is deeply serious with a firm, steely backbone of tannins and vibrant acidity. Loads of citrus undertones. So mouthwatering and tangy. Superb. Drink now. Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Nov 2019)
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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