2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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It’s impossible not to notice the woman on the “Donna Bianca” label. She represents the typical Sicilian ceramic called “testa di moro”. “Donna Bianca” refers to the neighborhood where the vines are located.
Beautiful notes of cherries, lavender, and herbs abound in this fresh and elegant rosso. A must-try for anyone interested in the island of Sicily!
|Blend:||50% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, 20% Alicante, 10% indigenous white grapes|
|Appellation:||Terre Siciliane Rosso|
|Vineyard:||1.5 ha total, planted in 1950|
Carmelo Vecchio and his wife, Rosa La Guzza, did not come from afar to make wine on Etna: they are true locals, raised in the heart of the vineyards. Carmelo began working at the nearby Passopisciaro winery at a young age, and after fifteen years of hands-on experience, the time came to strike out on his own. From barely one hectare of vines up to 130 years old inherited from Rosa’s family, the couple took matters into their own hands: sustainable farming by hand, with the goal of achieving an elegant balance in the grapes; micro-vinifications in the tiny cellar beneath their home, with respect for tradition and terroir; and aging the wines in used barrels before bottling without fining or filtration.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117
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