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Cuppari San Placido Faro 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Well structured and harmonic. This wine is medium bodied with persistent, slightly sapid, integrated tannins. Rich aromas, intense red berry and Mediterranean spices.

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This medium-bodied red is well-knit and fresh, with light, sculpted tannins and aromatic accents of leather and oak spice framing the pureed black cherry, citrus and tar-tinged smoke flavors. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio with Nocera, Nero d'Avola and Sangiovese. Best from 2018 through 2022.
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Cuppari, Sicily, Italy
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The agricultural institute “P. Cuppari” of Messina has its headquarters in a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 1500s. It stands on a hill from which there is a breathtaking view of the whole strait of Messina. Wine was produced throughout the whole history of the monastery, but high quality wines were made starting from the 1900s when the “Royal School of Agriculture” was established. Indigenous vine varieties were planted and modern equipment, such as a very modern crusher destemmer, was purchased. The “Faro” DOC appellation was established in 1976 and the Institute took part in the drawing up of the production regulation. In 1978 the first vineyard for the production of “Faro” wine was planted on the Institute’s land. In 2005 the vineyards were replanted and the vineyard extension was increased till 4.5 hectares. A cellar with modern equipment was built within the ancient warehouses of the monastery. The “San Placido” Faro DOC wine was bottled starting with the 2010 vintage with the consultancy of the oenologist Nicola Centonze (who owns Centonze Srl – part of our portfolio – together with his family). The students of the Institute help during all the phases of the production of this wine. The ancient Greek population of the Phari colonized this area and it seems that “Faro” wine is named after them. Viticulture and wine making goes back as far as the Mycenean period (XIV b.C.!!) in this area of Sicily. The Romans also appreciated the wines from Messina very much. At the end of the 1900s these wines were exported to France after the French vineyards were destroyed by phylloxera. At the end of the 1800s there were 45,000 hectares of vineyards in the province of Messina, at present the vineyards extend for just 900 hectares (here we intend the total vineyard extension, including the Faro DOC appellation). The vineyard extension of the Faro DOC appellation is just 40 hectares all within the area of the commune of Messina (which is included in the larger area of the province of Messina). The “P. Cuppari” Institute is the first producer of the appellation for vineyard extension (4.5 hectares) and the second for bottle production/year (8,000-8,500 bottles).

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 the 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.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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