Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C. 2006

Tenuta Rapitala

Nero d’Avola vinified on its own gives this wine an exciting red color, an aroma of ripe fruit and a typical, deep, balanced flavor. Campo Reale, named after a town close to the estate, comes from vineyards at the heart of the Tenuta Rapitalà, grown on gentle hills at 1,300 feet above sea level which, because of their history, terrain and climate, creates a Nero d’Avola with a particular elegance, rare among others of this type.

Terroir: Selected parcels of vines at 1,300 feet above sea level are trained by the Guyot system on clay soil with limited yields of 36 quintals per acre.

Vinification: The grapes reach full ripeness during the last ten days of September. They are vinified by the red wine method with long macerations (14 days) to extract the required phenolic substances and tannins. This produces a structured, soft and balanced wine. 20% of the resulting wine is transferred to 2nd and 3rd passage barrique for four months to layer in complexity which this grape expresses; the rest remains in steel. In February the wine is blended and bottled.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Campo Reale

Additional Information

There are fragrant, floral aromas of dark berries, clove, spice and herbs. On the palate, the fruit has a warm, full structure, with soft tannins and acidity that helps the long finish.

Recent Press

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    "This straightforward Nero d'Avola opens with aromas that recall violet, ripe black plum and tilled soil. The juicy palate offers ripe blackberry and Morella cherry, lightly accented by hints of white pepper. This isn't an ager so enjoy soon."

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    "This straightforward Nero d'Avola opens with aromas that recall violet, ripe black plum and tilled soil. The juicy palate offers ripe blackberry and Morella cherry, lightly accented by hints of white pepper. This isn't an ager so enjoy soon."

  • Wine Image Santé Author: Other
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Garnet-purple in color with aromas and flavors of ripe berry fruit, violet, cocoa, and a vegetal hint of bell pepper, fresh, bright acids are balanced by fine, ripe tannins. Sauteed tenderloin beef with a fruit chutney.P>

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, February 1, 2008

    "The 2006 Nero dAvola Campo Reale is a fresh, vinous wine bursting with perfumed, sweet red fruit and a silky-textured, open personality. I would be hard pressed to name another wine that offers this much pleasure for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2009. Rapitala makes a wide range of wines, the best of which are undoubtedly the reds. Readers will find something for every budget, including a number of solid, value-priced wines that offer incredible quality for the money."

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