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2021 Terre Siciliane Rosso “Donna Bianca”

Vigneti Vecchio
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Contrada Donna Bianca (named for the snowcapped “lady” Etna whose summit towers overhead) is a vineyard situated at 820 meters above sea level in the commune of Randazzo. Planted in 1950, the vines here are primarily own-rooted, struggling through volcanic debris and bold lava ridges protruding from Earth’s crust to produce the most delicate, sensual rosso in the Vigneti Vecchio lineup. The surprising presence of Grenache in the blend—historic on certain parts of Etna—and a smattering of white grapes co-planted with the reds contribute to the silky texture and intoxicating floral aromatics you’ll find in this bottling. It is a volcanic infusion of exceptional finesse.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, 20% Alicante, 10% indigenous white grapes
Appellation: Terre Siciliane Rosso
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Producer: Vigneti Vecchio
Vineyard: 1.5 ha total, planted in 1950
Soil: Volcanic
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

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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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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