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by turn-of-the century cottages, our vineyard lies on the North Eastern
slopes of Mount Etna. This area is called Valle Galfina, and at 2,300
above sea level, is the center of the Etna DOC region. This vine
area goes back to antiquity, and the fine art of viticulture has been
down from generation to generation. The Valle Galfina valley with its
soil, its particular microclimate and low yields produces very high
wines. The wines of Tenuta Scilio are made exclusively from the
of the family estate, cultivated organically, cared for laboriously,
Sicilian traditions of winemaking with the most modern techniques of
Uncertified Organic Wine (Producer states they do not use artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. While we cannot prove the veracity of this, we also have no reason to believe it is not true.)
Tasting Notes: This has a complex nose of fruit and perfume, with a taste that is unctuously delicious, suggestive of black cherries, chocolate leather and cedar.
88 Wine Enthusiast April 2012 “A blended red (that) shows balance and harmony, with clean berry notes, licorice, drying mineral, pencil shavings, rosemary and dried herb. It would pair well with spicy lamb in yogurt sauce.”
Classification: Etna DOC
Area of Production: Valle Galfina, North of Mount Etna
Grapes: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio
Climate: Hilly with noteworthy fluctuations between night and day
Soil: Volcanic soil, rich in minerals
Altitude: 2300 feet above sea level
Average age of vines: 60 years
Production per Acre: 1.70 tons
Vinification technique: Long maceration of the must with temperature-regulated fermentation.
Maturation: 65% in small French oak barrels and 35 % in American oak, for 12 months
Total Acidity: 5.5 g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.9 g/l
Total Cases Produced: 500