Rallo Azienda Agricola, Soleras 20yr Old Marsala, DOP Sicily, Italy, n/v
Working organically, the Vesco family focus on creating fragrant crisp Catarratto and perfumed fresh Nero d'Avola from their hillside vineyards. These vineyards are certified organic and are nestled high up in the hills south of Alcamo to take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures and greater diurnal differences. The vines look down on the town of Marsala where, when the grapes have been harvested, they are taken. Here Andrea Vesco treats them with respect, utilising modern technology to ensure the freshness is retained for the final wines and creating elegant examples of the varieties that are anything but what you would expect from such a hot land.
Rallo Azienda Agricola have vineyards in 3 main sites: Alcamo for Catarratto and Nero d'Avola; Marsala for Grillo and Pantelleria for the Zibbibo which that produces their delightful Passito di Pantelleria. The grapes tend to be picked earlier in the year than many of their neighbours which produces their customary bright, fresh style of wine.
Night harvesting and modern temperature controlled fermentations result in bright, fresh, modern wines. Andrea Vesco runs the winery with expert commitment personally and meticulously attending to all the stages of production from the cultivation of the grapes to the final bottling, with the strong support of a professional staff of 21 employees. Since 2010 Rallo wines are “produced and bottled at their origin by the grower”.
A full dry, yet smooth and rich wine which has been aged for over 20 years in small oak casks via a Solera system. A perfect wine to serve at the end of a meal with its heady nutty flavours, caramel notes and mouth watering backbone of acidity. Pair with ripe creamy cheeses for a full on taste sensation.
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