Azienda Agricola Palari Faro DOC 2009/10
Production Area: Santo Stefano Briga (Messina), Sicily, Italy.
Grape Varieties: Predominantly Nerello Mascalese (about 60%), Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera (30-35% combined), with smaller quantities of Acitana, Jacché, and Cor’e Palumba (about 5% combined)
Description: Ruby red color, with garnet hues. Aromas of jasmine, cardamom and ripe berries, with hints of spice and vanilla. On the palate the wine is velvety and deep, with complex dark fruit flavours and a Burgundian combination of weight and suppleness. On the hills high above the Strait of Messina, wine production dates back to the 14th century BC and survives today with ancient native varietals with intriguing names.The fruit of low yielding 80+-year-old head-trained vines is hand-harvested from south-east facing, sandy-soiled terraces on steep slopes (78% gradient) at 1,475 feet above sea level, a few miles inland. These extreme conditions allow for a dramatic swing between warm diurnal and cool nocturnal temperatures, creating an elegant balance between fruit and acidity in the resulting wine. Following temperature controlled fermentation with native yeasts, the wine spends two years in predominantly new barrels of Troncais or Allier oak followed by extended rest of at least 18 months in bottle, unfi ltered, before release. Palari Family Proprietor Salvatore Geraci is credited with saving the ancient Faro denomination from extinction with the 1990 revitalization of his grandparent’s estate, originally founded at the turn of the 20th century.
Food Pairing: Palari Faro is well suited for hearty dishes such as roasted red meats, grilled white meats, game and aged cheeses, but can also elegantly compliment fi sh roasted with Mediterranean herbs and tomatoes.
“Salvatore Geraci makes one of the icon wines of southern Italy: Faro Palari. An architect by training, this charismatic Sicilian from Messina approaches every detail with extreme precision, from the health of each of his vines to the ambitious restoration of his family manor into a modern winery and tasting room. The 2009 Faro Palari is firm and static with solid aromas of dried raspberry, iron, wet earthy and anisette seed that rise from the glass. The 2009 vintage is broad and brawny with a masculine personality. Drink 2018-2035.” 93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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