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Welcome to Cru Cellars’ Tour of Sicilian Wines

Sicily is a great place to be in the world of wine. After millennia of bulk wine production (which was often sent north to Piedmont or Burgundy to enrich lightly-colored & flavored wines in bad vintages), fine wine production has exploded in the last 20 years focused indigenous varieties & styles that emphasize freshness & complexity.

Sicily is a complex place to produce wine. There are vast differences in climate, rainfall, soil types & grape varieties depending on which part of the island at which you are looking. We are going to focus on 3 regions: Vittoria in the south, Mount Etna in the east & the central, interior highlands near Palermo.

Red – COS Maldafrica 2012 (IGT)

* Grapes: Merlot 50{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Cabernet Sauvignon 50{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22}

* Organically farmed

* Fermented in terracotta amphorae, aged in used wood barrels

COS is one of the most exciting wineries in Italy. It was founded in 1980 by three friends: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strange and Giusto Occhipinti. The acronym of their surnames (Cilia-Occhipinti-Strange) gives rise to the company’s name. Their production is based in southern Sicily near Vittoria. The vineyards are a mix of red sand & clay/limestone at approximately 900 feet above sea level. The production methods are revolutionary. For example, most of the fermentations take place in clay pots (amphorae) buried in the ground! All farming is organic and the wines are bottled with minimal sulphur, unfined & unfiltered.

“Black olive, mature blackberry, tilled soil and a hint of game are some of the aromas you’ll find on this earthy, alluring wine. The fresh, savory palate offers crushed cherry, blackberry, ground pepper, clove anise and a hint of leather alongside fresh acidity and velvety tannins.” 92 WE

White – Planeta Etna Bianco 2015

* Grapes: 100{8a779485a35888273496f0b72dc634490a1f8dcc316116b0257b1d61f66eee22} Carricante

* Sustainably farmed

* Fermented & aged in a mix of stainless steel & wood

Planeta was at the forefront of Sicily’s fine wine revolution in the 1980s. Etna Bianco is their expression of Carricante – Sicily’s most important & age worthy indigenous white grape. It originates in the black sand soils of Mount Etna, from a single vineyard at 2000 feet above sea level. We find white peach, pear, white flowers, almond skin & flinty minerality with a luscious mid-palette & a crisp finish.

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