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2021 Sicilia Noto Bianco “Mizzica”

Riofavara

Embracing the charms of dry Moscato could be your next wine revelation. The grape takes on myriad forms depending on where it grows, absorbing the local flavors in a way that few other varieties can, whether it be in Alsace, Corsica, Sardinia, or anywhere else. This example, produced by the lovely Padova family in the Val di Noto of southeast Sicily, is a unique interpretation of chalky white soils, wild Mediterranean herbs, and coastal sea breeze through the lens of organically farmed Moscato. Delicate, stimulating, and completely dry on the palate, it delivers citrus zest and floral nuances with a faint bitterness on the finish that works wonders at table. Seafood crudo with a spritz of lemon and a drizzle of Riofavara olive oil (found here) is not a bad place to start.

Anthony Lynch

$23.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Moscato Bianco
Appellation: Sicilia Noto
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Producer: Riofavara
Winemaker: Massimo Padova
Vineyard: Planted in 2004, 1.8 ha
Soil: Chalk, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Sicily

map of Sicily

Italy’s southernmost region and the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has no shortage of sunshine to grow high-quality grapes on a yearly basis. It also does not lack a history of winemaking: since the Greeks settled here almost three millennia ago, the vine has played a major role in the island’s agricultural makeup. Production of cheap bulk wine for blending dominated much of its recent history until now, as we are witnessing a quality revolution that puts forth its great diversity and quality of terroirs, indigenous grape varieties, and local production methods.

While Sicily’s historical reputation is for sweet wines—Marsala and the Muscats of Pantelleria stand out—a number of dry whites and reds are enjoying the spotlight today. The cooler, high-altitude slopes of Etna, with its ashy volcanic soils, have seen an explosion of activity from producers both local and foreign; both whites (primarily from Carricante) and reds (Nerello Mascalese) here are capable of uncommon freshness and finesse. Other noteworthy wine regions are Eloro, where Nero d’Avola gives its best; Noto, an oasis of dry and sweet Moscatos; Vittoria, with its supple, perfumed Frappatos; and Salina, where Malvasia makes thirst-quenching dry whites and deliciously succulent passiti.

Countless foreign invasions over the centuries have given Sicilian architecture and cuisine a unique exotic twist, making it a fascinating destination for gourmands as well as wine importers. With a wealth of dedicated artisans proud to show off the riches of their land, you can bet there are many exciting things still to come from this incredible island.

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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!

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