2011 Valle dell'Acate Il Frappato
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Vittoria Frappato, Sicily, Italy
Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato is a beautiful new red wine gem from Sicily made from 100% Frappato. Valle dell’Acate has a long and storied history among the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily’s famous blood oranges. Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono, many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, farmed organically. No ratings yet on this 2011 vintage, but Antonio Galloni rated the 2010 91 points for Parker’s Wine Advocate!
Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato is light-medium in body. It is light ruby in color with a fragrant, exuberant bouquet of intense blueberry, blackberry and raspberry notes. Its flavors are bright and fresh, with strawberries lingering on the palate. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain this varietal’s lively red-fruited, highly-aromatic and floral profile, then aged for 6 months in steel tanks followed by 3 months in bottle. It is rich and smooth with a long, polished finish.
Enjoy Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato with roast pork, grilled vegetables, lasagna, pizza and ripe cheeses.
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