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New Scores for Di Giovanna wines from International Wine Review

Published on January 11, 2018 on http://www.i-winereview.com

Di Giovanna 2016 Vurria Grillo Terre Siciliane 89 Fresh and crisp on the attack, this is a cleanly made Grillo showing notes of blanched almonds, chamomile, and cured lemon. It’s full and bright in the mouth and lingers on the finish. 100% Grillo from the Contessa Entellina zone, hand-picked, given a cold soak, fermented, and left on the lees for six months.


Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Bianco Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 89  Honeyed aromas of stone fruit give way to an easy drinking palate of ripe yellow fruit and acacia with good balancing acidity.


Di Giovanna 2016 Gerbino Rosato di Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane 89 Pale pink in color, this Nerello Mascalese rosé reveals scents of rose petals and ripe red berries. It has a soft attack, medium acidity and good balance. It’s easy, pleasant drinking.


Di Giovanna 2014 Helios Rosso Terre Siciliane IGP 91 This red blend shows especially well with an abundance of rich dark red fruit accented by earth, tobacco and licorice. It has a firm structure with round tannins and an especially appealing, long savory finish.


Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Rosso Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 91 Pleasingly aromatic and richly flavored, this Rosso reveals dense, fresh dark cherry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of charred oak. It finishes long with fine, firm tannins.


Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Nero d’Avola Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 90 This dark fruited wine is big and full and firmly structured. It reveals a pleasant pepper spice that complements the sweet dark fruit. Delicious and dry on the finish.




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!


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!