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Italian Wines and Wolfdogs
Valle dell'Acate is operated by 6th generation winemaker Gaetana Jacono Gola. With the same love that tied her ancestors to the vines, along with marked entrepreneurial insight, Gaetana has devoted herself to the production of Sicilian DOC and IGT wines, a production that has earned great recognition, even on the international scene. Thanks to the nature of the place, the use of technologically advanced systems and the support of a century of experience, Valle dell'Acate is able to produce a range of prized, modern and radiant wines that are, as Eric Asimov of the NYT frequently notes, of extraordinary quality for the price. We POUR 4 of these wines to benefit Full Moon Wolfdog Farm and Sanctuary on October 9th at 6pm.
Il Frappato 2012
100% Frappato, this wine is aged 6 months in steel and 3 in the bottle. Light ruby in color, you can just see some waves of violet. Fragrant, fresh and literally bursting, the bouquet is an intense blend of bilberry, blackberry, and raspberry. The black and red fruit washes softly over the palate with an ever so slight swash of violet. The Metro Wines Tasting Panel does not mind telling you that we were skeptical of this one, even after the first taste. Different flavors were demanding attention! On the second sip, you will find yourself being softly drawn IN. And by the third taste, you are absolutely and gratefully IN. With good tension between, herbal, sweet and bitter flavors, this wine is quite versatile from cheese to meats to the occasional fish.
Tasting Notes: A black skinned grape, Nero d'Avola has been grown in Sicily for hundred of years. Some say it produces wines similar to a light Shiraz. Maybe, but while so many other wine growing regions went with the fad of Chardonnay and Cabernet, Sicily stayed the course, continued to do what they do and this grape, this version of this grape, is one heck of an example of that fortitude, confidence and tradition. This grape is all its own. The wine is aged in steel and one year in the bottle to insure a roundness. In the glass, this medium bodied wine is a soothing ruby red color offering red flower perfume on the nose, red fruit flavors and a bit of black pepper on the palate. With pleasant tannins, the wine leaves you with a nice warmth.
According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a superb set of wines from Valle dell'Acate. Not only are the wines delicious, the best bottles deliver incredible value as well. The estate uses only their best hillside plots for the Valle dell'Acate label, while the vineyards in the plains are used for the entry-level Case Ibidini range." (06/11) And suggesting that this grape, Nero d'Avola, might just be the "next Malbec." The Wall Street Journal Wine Critic, Lettie Teague, called the bottle offered by Valle dell" Acate one of the "three best" on the shelf. About Lettie:
About: The second label of Valle dell’Acate, the Case Ibidini range (pronounced ‘bidini) consists of varietal-labeled wines from the estate intended for more casual consumption. The local name of the area where the estate is situated (Bidini) is named for the ancient settlers who populated the area nearly 20 centuries ago. The wines of Case Ibidini provide a purity and authenticity reflective of the philosophy of the estate all at an affordable price. Frequent visitors to our Wine Blog know the two white wines discussed below. We totally stand behind both as wine that can go from everyday tables to special events and weddings, all year round.
Case Ibidini (pronounced 'bidini), the second label for Valle dell'Acate, offers varietal specific wines from the estate intended for versatility and value. "Bidini," the name of the area where Valle dell' Acate sits pretty is drawn from the ancient root "Bidis," referring to the name of a group of early Hellenic settlers who populated the area nearly 20 centuries ago. Recognized for purity and refreshing mineral qualities, Valle dell' Acate cloaks the Inzolia grape in the quality production, tradition and dignity it so well deserves. From mineral rich soil vineyards in eastern Sicily, this 100% Inzolia is a crisp, unoaked, fruity dry white that highlights the citrus that comes naturally. Aged in steel for 4 months then in the bottle.
Aging: 4 months in steel tanks and at least 2-3 months in bottle . Tasting Notes: Light yellow color. White flower bouquet of citrus fruit and wild rose. Fresh and dry with acidity and balance. Pair with starters, fish and vegetable dishes. Reminiscent of a very expressive Pinot Gris.
Production area :.C.da Bidini-Acate (RG) – Eastern Sicliy* Vine : 60% Grillo and 40% Insolia*Aging: Steel tanks 4 months, and at least 2-3 months in bottle*Colour : Deep yellow*Bouquet: White flowers of citrus fruit, wild rose*Taste: fresh and dry, acidity in balance*Combination: starters and fish dishes, seafood, and vegetable dishes
Rating: 91 The 2010 Zagra is an unoaked blend of 70% Grillo and 30% Inzolia that totally conquers the palate with its finessed personality. Juicy apricots, peaches and jasmine are just some of the nuances that linger on the multi-dimensional finish. When Sicilian whites are on they can be stunning, as is the case here. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. This is a superb set of wines from Valle dell'Acate. Not only are the wines delicious, the best bottles deliver incredible value as well. The estate uses only their best hillside plots for the Valle dell'Acate label, while the vineyards in the plains are used for the entry-level Case Ibidini range- The Wine Advocate (6/30/2011)