Brilliant expression of Nero d'Avola, lovely balance and flavours.
On the west side of Sicily close to Marsala, Cantine Rallo has its vineyards and winery. Working organically the Vesco family focus on creating fragrant crisp Catarratto and perfumed fresh Nero d'Avola from their hillside vineyards. These vineyards are certified organic and are nestled high up in the hills south of Alcamo to take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures and greater diurnal differences. The vines look down on the town of Marsala where, when the grapes have been harvested, they are taken to the seaside winery. Here Andrea Vesco treates them with respect, utilising modern technology to ensure the freshness is retained for the final wines and creating elegant examples of the varieties that are anything but what you would expect from such a hot land.
Tasting Note: Cherries, blackcurrant and ripe red fruits, round and persistent - a million miles from the overripe styles made by many of their peers.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2010)
Nero d'Avola (80%), Merlot (10%), Syrah (10%)