This wine is dedicated to the Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli, as part of a wine collection meant to celebrate the big Italian fashion artisans. Cerasuolo di Vittoria is the sole Sicilian DOCG wine, whose appelation was gained in 2005. The wine must be made only with Nero d’Avola and Frappato, two Sicilian indigeneous grapes. Nero d’Avola is named after the town of Avola near Siracusa. Its original name, “Calaulisi”, derives from two dialect words: “calea” grapes, and “Aulisi” Avola. Nero d’Avola gives Cerasuolo (the word means “cherry”) its body and richness, while Frappato adds aromatics and acidity.
Owner: Paolo Panerai
Winemaker: Alessandro Cellai
Type: Red wine
Varietals: Nero d’Avola, Frappato
Vineyard Location: Niscemi
Elevation: 200 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 2003
Soil: Medium soil with rich skeleton and light presence of clay
Fermentation in stainless steel using natural yeasts for ten days; Maceration on the skins for ten days.
12 months in second or third use French oak barriques; bottle refined for 12 months
Color: Ruby red
Bouquet: Fruity and intense nose with hints of pomegranate, raspberry and crushed flowers
Flavor: On the palate it opens with a fresh acidity and predominant notes of small red fruit, cherry and raspberry. Good body with a pleasant long finish
Pairings: Ideal with white and red meats, medium-aged cheeses, and the traditional Sicilian cuisine, such as couscous with vegetables or simple arancini (rice balls)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 15,000 bottles