Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C. 2008

Tenuta Rapitala

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.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Vigna Casali

Additional Information

The wine shows generous Mediterranean aromas of sage, tomato leaves, caper flowers and tropical fruits. On the palate, the wine is rich and full bodied, with a fresh and crisp character.

Recent Press

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    "This light and refreshing blend of Catarratto and Chardonnay represents the best of warm-climate white winemaking. The aromas are pure and simple, focused on wild flowers, dried herbs and citrus. In the mouth, that Chardonnay creaminess really kicks in."

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Online Author: Jo Cooke
    Date: Monday, July 20, 2009

    Aromas of fresh lemons and apples against a background of lightly spiced honey. Silky, medium-bodied palate, finishing with bitter lemons and minerals.

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