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Tenuta Scilio di Valle Galfina

From the volcanic soils of the northern slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily Tenuta Scilio di Valle Galfina producers an excellent range of wines from native grape varietals. All their wines come from their own organically farmed vineyards and are top examples of the character the vineyards in this region are capable of giving. These are not the “international” style of wines that are sweeping over Sicily these days, but wines that clearly taste of the Etna region and the classic grape types they use to make their wines.

bianco: 2003 Bianco Sicilia IGT ($16)

This fresh white is a wonderful blend of clean citrus flavors balanced by a crisp hazelnut complexity. Produced from the carricante varietal this wine offers a much fresher structure than most Sicilian white wines. A great aperitif or compliment to fresh fish and seafood.

rosso: 2002 Etna Rosso DOC ($16)

This lovely red is a true find. Produced primarily from the nerello mascalese vine there is a lot of real depth and character here for the money. This wine is quite firm in the mouth with hints of tar and tobacco highlighting the ripe plum flavors. The finish is full of warm dark fruit flavors with a touch of round tannin to provide support.

A John Given Selection: Imported by John Given Wines.