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.

A Pair of Sicilian Values

AnastasiapassomaggiorossolaAbbazia Santa Anastasia Passomaggio

rosso: 2001 Santa Anastasia Passomaggio Rosso,
Sicilia IGT ($15)
The wildness of the Sicilian nero d’avola is smoothed out by the addition of 20% late harvested merlot. The color is a bright ruby that is just translucent. It is warm and rich on the nose and palate with the earthy nero d’avola characteristics filled out by the ripe, sweet plum flavors of the merlot. A richly flavored wine that is not at all heavy or overripe in character. The finish shows clearly the bittersweet nero d’avola flavor and just the right touch of Sicilian sunshine.

bianco:2002 Santa Anastasia Bianco di Passomaggio, Sicilia IGT ($15)
This blend of the native inzolia with chardonnay and sauvignon blanc is full of fresh fruit and spice flavors and aromas. A bright light gold, the aromas are full of poached spiced pears with clean almond touches. After the sweet fruit aromas the firm mineral flavors and structure are a welcome surprise. The finish is clean and fresh, but offers good complexity and depth.

Neil Empson Selections - Imported by Empson USA