Rosso Del Soprano – Sicilia IGT 2012
Harvest: is hand-harvested from south-east facing, sandy-soiled terraces on steep slopes at 1,475 feet above sea level, a few miles inland.
Aging: In French oak barrels for one year and at least 8 months in the bottle.
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: Intense Ruby red color; fragrant bouquet of ripe red berries and spicy undertones. On the palate a balance between dense tannins and spicy black fruit flavors makes this wine appealing and refreshing
The 2012 Rosso del Soprano is slightly softer and plusher compared to the previous vintage. This was a warm growing season in Sicily and the vines reached quick maturity. As a result, you gain a clear view onto wild berry, red currant, and boysenberry aromas. At the back, spice, leather, tar and resin add to the wine’s appeal and its complexity. I like the softer approach presented here, together with the wild side of the indigenous gapes represented. It offers an authentic taste of Mediterranean winemaking with lots of personality that will appeal to those looking for offbeat flavors. by Rober Parker, The Wine Advocate