Curatolo Arini Don Passo Nero d’Avola Appassimento DOC Sicilia 2018
Grape Variety: 100% Nero D’Avola
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Viticulture: Organic Farming
Climate: Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily’s classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the production of wine grapes. The warm, dry climate means that mildews and rots are kept to a minimum, particularly in well-ventilated areas that benefit from coastal breezes
Terroir: Nero d’Avola grapes, grow in San Cataldo, in Central Sicily in the Caltanissetta district at approx. 500m a.s.l. Medium texture limestone, clay soil and a perfect temperature range ensure great conditions during all the ripening phases. Vines are planted facing South using the trellis system, Guyot pruning
Ageing: Hand-picked on September 18th. 10 days before picking a date, half of the grapes are cut off and left on the plant to dry under the warm Sicilian sun. The parcel is then harvested. After de-stemming and maceration of the skins for about 15 days at 24°C in stainless steel tanks. Part of the wine then spends about 6 months in used 250 litres Oak barrels
Color: Dark red and purple
Nose: Violets, flowers, cherries, vanilla and spice
Palate: Full-bodied wine with smooth tannins and an intense and long finish
About the Winery:
This estate is the oldest family-owned Marsala producer in Sicily today. It was founded in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, who added Arini, his mother’s family name, in order to distinguish himself from the many other Curatolos living in his area. The estate has always been linked to high-quality Marsala production and in the late 1970s also started producing still wines from native grapes. The new range of wines under the Curatolo Arini label showcases a great expression of native Sicilian varieties. Light wines from local grapes Grillo, Inzolia, and Cataratto are fortified with white grape spirits in the traditional way and are then cask aged. Made in the traditional way, the Marsala Fine is dry in style and has all the characteristics of good Marsala with notes of toasted almonds, citrus and caramel.
Winemaker Alberto Antonini has also been recently named by Decanter Magazine as one of the ‘Top 5 winemakers in the world’.