Hugonis with its powerful and austere style is the most prized product of Tenuta Rapitalà, the legacy wine. The seal of Hugonis Bernardi – a knight in armor with two leopards – which appears on the label, is the coat-of-arms of the family of Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais and his son, Laurent.
Terroir: 100% estate-grown fruit is sourced from Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon plots situated between 1,000 and 1,300 feet above sea level on rich, clay soils. Guyot-trained vines have limited yields of 28 quintals per acre.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested in mid-September. Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately in small, stainless steel vats with long macerations, over two weeks for the Cabernet Sauvignon and one week for the Nero d’Avola. At the end of fermentation, the wines are transferred to French oak barriques (50% new and 50% second and third passage) where they are left to mature for 18 months before being blended and bottled. The resulting wine rests in bottle for six months before release.
Deep, red color with a full and complex bouquet showing strong varietal character. Structured, abundant tannins and a long and lingering finish.
Alcohol 14%; vol. 750 ml
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Online Author: James Suckling
"Rich currant on the nose, with hints of fresh licorice, herbs and violet. Full-bodied, with firm, fruit-coated tannins and a long, intense finish. Needs time to unwind. A little austere just now. Best after 2010."
A blend of Cabernet and Nero dAvola, this is richly scented and deeply flavoured, yet still sleek and elegantthe perfect wine for important dinners and big roasts.
Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Nero d Avola here, bringing concentrated cassis and blackberry flavors, which take a savory turn with herb and green notes on the huge, tannic finish.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
Is a dense, full-bodied offering packed with dark, jammy fruit, grilled herbs and generous French oak. The wine possesses excellent length and is well-made
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
Hugonis is a 50-50 blend of Nero dAvola and Cabernet Sauvignon with intense aromas of exotic spice, cherry fruit, black olive, molasses, maple syrup and smoked ham. Youll taste Cabernets distinctive flavors of green herbs and dried mint, but youll also get the tart succulence of the Nero dAvola grape.
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