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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Santa Anastasia Passomaggio 2002
Santa Anastasia Passomaggio 2002
(search item no. 78006)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Savory spice, like cumin seed and fennel, plus dried plum and berry flavors give this nero d'Avola-merlot blend a beguiling exotic feel. Earthy, almost chewy, it tasted Mediterranean in its rugged charm, a combination of strong, iron-like tannins and sunny, plushly ripe fruit. Drink it now with spic-rubbed leg of lamb, or wait a few years for even more detail to emerge from its dark flavors."
-Wines & Spirits

Red wine made from Sicilian Nero d'Avola grapes which are used with a small quantity of Merlot, overripened in the hot Sicilian sun. After a period of fermentation, it develops in wood that rounds out its noble tannins while preserving the original fragrance and the primary bouquet. A "supple" wine, rich and balanced, that has a long life.

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About Santa Anastasia:

Along Sicily’s northern coastline, between the sea and the Apennine range of Madonie, the medieval abbey or "abbazia" of Santa Anastasia is steeped in a natural landscape so extraordinary that the present owner, entrepreneur Francesco Lena, decided to transform these 988 acres of farmland, olive groves, vineyards and medieval buildings into a model, ultramodern winery and an exclusive relais, where visitors would be able to enjoy the unique, sultry beauty of Sicily at its finest.

In the quarter of a century that has elapsed since Lena purchased the vast property (1980), an extraordinary team of agronomists and wine technicians, orchestrated by Lena himself with winemaker Riccardo Cotarella, has succeeded in crafting some of the new icons of Sicilian oenology from elevated, Guyot-trained vines and superb terroir.