Sicilian Wine Adventures – Part 23; Castellucci Miano

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Perricone started the Sicilian wine adventures. No, no, it wont end it as well. It’s just been too long since it was allowed to shine, so here goes again!

You know, it’s not all about Etna in Sicily. Would be a shame not to mention the Madonie mountains west of Palermo on the north side of the island. Think Cefalú and you’re pretty much there. With its highest peak, Pizzo Carbonara, closing in at 2,000 meters, it is the second highest mountain in Sicily.

Here you will find Castellucci Miano who focuses on indigenous grapes such as Catarratto, Inzolia, Nero d’Avola and of course the Perricone. Some international grapes are to be found as well. A company seriously trying to put Perricone on the map deserves some accolade. Let’s start with the 2008 PerricOne!

The Perricone grapes for the 2008 comes from vineyard sites at 700 to 800 meters above the sea level. More precisely from the Colline Valledolmesi. The vines are between 20 and 30 years old and grown on half sandy, clay soil with alkyl reaction due to the limestone. The 2008 harvest of Perricone took place mid-October.

Classic fermentation and then three months in stainless steel, followed by ten months in French Barrique and a further six months in bottle prior to release.

Tasting Note (tasted blind, bottle given by a  friend of mine)

Quite dark color with just a slight maturing rim. Dark berries and plums to start with. Spices and a floral scent. Wet leather and humus. A gentle and discrete oak scent. It is not elegant nor a power package initially. The wine is therefore left and allowed to breathe for some hours and this was exactly what it needed! With aeration comes more earthy notes, Victoria plums, sweet-root and flowers. And…elegance. The nose sends me to Campania, Aglianico territory.

On the palate it shows plenty of dark berries, plum skins, tobacco, licorice and humus. Leather and violets. Not as tannic as a Aglianico can be but then, who am I to put all Aglianico wines in the tannic section? Quite restrained style and finely integrated alcohol. Good clean length. The feeling of being both modern and still not
forgetting its origin, is a good description on this one. Feels it will improve if allowed to stay in a horisontal position for a year or two.

2008 PerricOne, IGT, Castellucci Miano, (88-89 p)

Want to taste the wine? Castellucci Miano exports a lot to several countries in Europe and to the US as well. In Europe you can find both the reviewed wine and the premium Perricone, Maravita, here.

PS. If you missed my first post on Perricone, or just wants to read it again, it’s here.

PS.2. Nope, I never guessed Sicily on this one. I was sure it was a more modernly styled Aglianio del Vulture.

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  • http://www.italienska-viner.blogspot.com Italienska Viner

    Niklas – Make sure you don´t miss Porta del Ventos take on perricone – maybe more in the line of those fruitforward beaujolais-09’s than aglianico. The cuvée with nero d’avola/perricone is also worth some attention.

    Great articles, by the way!

    /Patrik

    • http://winevirtuosity.com Niklas Jorgensen

      You know, I only have the Saharay Cataratto in mind when I see Porta al Vento, so I’m really looking fwd to taste their Perricone! Thanks for the reminder!

      And thanks for the like! Sicily is such a great wine region and it never stops to amaze me.

  • http://www.popolare.no Jessica Senning

    We have the Perricone from Guccione in our restaurant. All in all it’s a pretty atypical Perricone, but the wine is lovely, elegant if somewhat overprized with a refreshing acidity. Aside from Castellucci, do you have any othe wineries to recommend in the area?

    Kind Regards
    Jessica Senning
    Trattoria Popolare

    • http://winevirtuosity.com Niklas Jorgensen

      Hi Jessica! Sorry for way too late reply. You should try finding Castellucci Miano. Really nice Perricone. Another producer’s Perricone worth checking up is Feotto dello Jato. Impressive stuff!

      All the best,

      Niklas

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