Casalj Rabitallavi was the ancient name of the Rapitala estate and referred to 555 acres of Camporeale at 1,000-2,000 feet above sea level. The vineyards of Catarratto where we selected the grapes intended for Vigna Casalj are at the summit of this mountain on the historic estate. Vigna Casalj is a 25 acre registered cru in the Alcamo Classico, a high-elevation DOC.
Terroir: Selected estate parcels at 2,000 feet of elevation with Guyot-trained vines in sandy soil with yields below 32 quintals per acre.
Vinification: The Catarratto is picked at the end of September. To preserve the delicate varietal aromas, temperatures are controlled and oxygen is restricted once the grapes arrive in the winery. Soft pressing and cold settling is followed by fermentation using selected yeasts at a controlled temperature ensures the fermentation lasts over two weeks. The wine then remains on its fine lees until March and is then aged for three months in 50 hl French oak barrels.
The wine displays an intriguing array of rich viscosity tempered with a crisp freshness. On the nose it is reminiscent of the aromas of the southern mediterranean; flowers, herbs and citrus fruits. Differing from the previous vintage in that it is slightly less full-bodied, with a slightly higher acidity that lends elegance and finesse. This is particularly apparent on the finish; persistant and delicious.