Cantina Marilina 2014 'Sikele' Nero d'Avola, Terre Siciliane IGP
Item Number: 12535
Sub Region: Siracusa
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Nero d'Avola
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Limestone
Winemaking Notes: The Sikelé Nero d'Avola is vinified in concrete tanks, which captures the freshness of the fruit. Aging lasts for 8 months in the tank and 3 months in the bottle. A small amount of SO2 is added at bottling. The wine is not fined and not filtered.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red with purple highlights, the wine shows aromas of red fruits with notes of pepper, tobacco, and stone. It is balanced and persistent.
Vintage Notes: "This was an exceptionally hot, dry vintage across central and southern Italy, with higher-than-normal temperatures, but late rains and cooler conditions brought relief just as harvest kicked off...The best grapes and wines will come from cooler microclimates, as well as from vineyards that either feature heavier, often clay-based soils, which better retain moisture, or vines that have deep root structures and thus the ability to draw moisture up from well below the surface." - Wine Spectator
Food Pairing: Try Octopus Salad
About the Domaine: The estate was founded in 2001 on a hill formerly known as Poggio dei Fossi in the southeastern Sicilian province of Siracusa. Today the Paternò sisters, Marilina and Federica, are at the helm. Their philosophy reflects a deep respect for the land, with organic farming and natural winemaking. They have been influenced by Frank Cornelissen, the guru of natural winemaking on Mount Etna.
About Sicily: I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse: Mediterranean sunshine, rocky hillsides, and wines as voluptuous as Sophia Loren. Sicily has been making wine since before The Godfather was a twinkle in Mario Puzo’s eye. With its intense southern sunshine, Sicily’s wines are deep-colored and high-strength. For much of the century, the focus was on quantity, but the nineties brought a shift toward quality, and more investment from the north. It’s a boon for everyone that the wines have begun living up to their potential: with mountainous terrain and poor (i.e., vine-friendly) soil, intense summer heat, and low rainfall, their potential is legion. Add to the mix a range of native grapes with real personality–Catarratto, Inzolia, Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Perricone, and Nerello Mascalese–and you have a unique wine producing region that is making huge strides on the international scene. DOC (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata) wines are less common than the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).