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Vendemmia 2017 Cantina Di Giovanna

This vintage in Sicily will at the end be noted for it’s hot temperatures and rich wines although until mid- July it seemed a quite cool vintage, although dry;  boasting low yields and healthy grapes.  Late July arrived the heat wave that continued through August, without a drop of rain.  Harvest began around 3 weeks earlier for most and was noted for quite low yields in comparison to the 2015 and 2016 vintages.   Look for richness and lots of flavor with 2017 wines from Sicily, what you expect anyway from the island of sun!

 

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90 point scores from the International blind tasting competition Gilbert & Gaillard

Recent awards from the international blind tasting panel Gilbert & Gaillard who gave 90 points to Di Giovanna Vurria Grillo 2016 and Vurria Nero d’Avola 2015.

Vurria Grillo 2016:   The pure expression of high-altitude Grillo, planted on limestone rich soils from small plots in Contessa Entellina has unique notes of wild fennel, lemon peel, white peach and notes of pineapple.  It finishes with a distinct freshness and minerality; an almost savory quality.  We love pairing this wine with light summer fair, like Sicilian salads.  It also is an excellent match for white fish, fried calamari and frutti di mare dishes like squid and octopus.

Vurria Nero d’Avola 2015:  The Vurria Nero d’Avola comes from older vineyards planted in the zone of Contessa Entellina where the soil is mixed clay, calcareous and tufo (volcanic soil).  The wine offers an expressive bouquet bursting with notes of plum, prunes, black cherry, wild berry and hint of sage and spice.  It is plush and silky on the palate, elegant and fresh.  We love pairing our Nero d’Avola with grilled meats like sausage and lamb.  It is a perfect summer BBQ wine!