Ceuso Scurati Rosso 2008
Ruby red compact. The nose is rich and concentrated. Ripe fruit, black currant, black cherry, a sweet spicy vein with minor notes of leather and chocolate.
The mouthfeel is large, energetic. The massive but well-integrated tannins blend with a wonderful freshness and alcohol structure. Matches: complex dishes based on red meats, aged cheeses.
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The vineyard is situated a few kilometers from the Temple of Segesta (5th century B.C.), and represents the principal point of reference in the Melia family business venture. The varieties that are grown, apart from the native Nero d`Avola, are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The yield is therefore extremely low, not exceeding 45-50 hl per hectare. Planting density reaches 4600 vines per hectare, trained on vertical trellis. The vineyards enjoy the best exposure to the sunlight and their average age is 10 years.
A large, geographically and climatically diverse island, just off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. But it is also a wonderful source of diverse, high quality red and white wines. Steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades, Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region is finally receiving the accolades it deserves and shining in today's global market.
Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, variations on this sun-drenched island range from cool Mediterranean along the coastlines to more extreme in its inland zones. Of particular note are the various microclimates of Europe's largest volcano, Mount Etna, where vineyards grow on drastically steep hillsides and varying aspects to the Ionian Sea. The more noteworthy red and white wines that come from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna include Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (reds) and Carricante (whites). All share a racy streak of minerality and, at their best, bear resemblance to their respective red and white Burgundies.
Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, and is great either as single varietal bottling or in blends with other indigenous varieites or even with international ones. For example, Nero d'Avola is blended with the lighter and floral, Frappato grape, to create the elegant, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, one of the more traditional and respected wines of the island.
Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are also used to produce aromatic, crisp dry whites. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.