Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C. 2007

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: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine & Spirits Author: Wolfgang Weber
    Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    Theres a minty, pine forest-like coolness at the core of this dense, chewy red. For all the concentration, it feels lifted and delicate, with lasting flavors of fresh blackberries and relaxed tannins. Serve it will spicy grilled sausages.

    Grade: Champions of Value
  • Score: 86 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Is a pretty, entry-level wine with attractive floral aromas and a generous core of sweet red fruit. This is a good choice for drinking over the next year or two.

  • Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Other
    Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008

    Fruit-forward and generous, this expression of Nero dAvola from western Sicily delivers chocolate, spice, espresso, blackberry, raspberry, barbecue spice and hickory. The wine is fresh and intense with a well-paced, spice-driven finish.

    Grade: Best Buy
  • Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Grade: Europe's Best Values
  • Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling
    Date: Sunday, August 31, 2008

    An attractive young red, with raspberry and plum aromas and flavors, a medium body and a fresh finish. A new wine from this producer. Good value in Nero dAvola.

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