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The Wines of Sicilia

Wines of SiciliaFor the greater part of its history in wine, Sicilia distinguished itself primarily in the dessert wine category—with Marsala headlining its production. Contemporary efforts, however, have established that Sicilia is not merely closer material, but rather, an all-star performer endowed with the resources to lead-off, carry, and bring home an evening's repast.
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Gaja Graci Idda Etna Bianco 2019 750ml
Gaja Graci Idda Etna Bianco 2019 750ml
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Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: "It is the US first from the highly anticipated project between GAJA and Graci. While we were able to present the last vintage of the red (rosso), this is the first time the white (bianco) has become available on US soils. It is just another great alternative from drinking the standard white Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In our opinion the wine has more in common to a Rhone white with its generous texture, and with its intense floral notes it is easy to draw some comparisons to the Viognier varietal. But this is Sicily with the indigenous Carricante, and while texture is always going to be a characteristic of the sun-kissed whites, there is also the signature Island minerality, and the Mediterranean influences of salinity and freshness. It is indeed a mouthful of ripe and generous stone fruit, citrus, wild herbs, a touch of marine salt and a stony minerality. Chalk up another win for the GAJA and Graci team. Well done.” more info
Gaja Graci Idda Etna Rosso 2018 750ml
Gaja Graci Idda Etna Rosso 2018 750ml
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Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “The new project from GAJA and Graci on the Island of Sicily – this is exciting stuff for the wine enthusiast and the second release lives up to all the hype and expectations. This is pure Nerello Mascalese from the GAJA & Graci Biancavilla vineyard – the first plot of land they purchased on the lesser-known southwest slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna. Here the soils of Biancavilla are among the oldest of the entire Etna DOC. Whereas the 2017 release provides a lighter and more playful interpretation, the 2018 is a more classic and structured expression of the indigenous varietal, from what is regarded as the superior vintage for the region. Once again, right from the pull of the cork, the aromatics scream Sicily and reach across the table and pull you in. You can expect nuances of wild berries, black cherries, sarsaparilla, citrus, cinnamon, wild and stemmy herbs, tar, and smoke. This time around we would not necessarily use the word Burgundian, rather we would emphasize Barolo or Nebbiolo in the descriptor. It is simply a more serious and age-worthy release – more structure, more finely knit and focused, more precise, more gripping tannins. It remains high toned, with coiled concentration, while being succulent, savory, and delicious. For today, we recommend age, aeration or food. It is another Sicilian wine that will transport you to Southern Italy begging for pizza with fatty pork sausage. This is a rare value from GAJA (and GRACI) to stock up on and see how this exciting new wine evolves. Once again, we say Booyah.” more info