Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C. 2014

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

This wine shows generous Mediterranean aromas of sage, tomato leaves, and caper flowers. On the palate, the wine is rich and full bodied, with a fresh and crisp character. Pale gold with a full, round flavor, this wine expresses the unique Sicilian personality of this variety. Pairs well with full-flavored fish and shellfish, white meats and soups.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
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  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay, sand
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  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.33 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
  • Avg Production: 20,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Catarratto

Recent Press

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016

    "The single vineyard 2014 Alcamo Classico Vigna Casalj is a fresh and tonic white wine. Fruit is sourced from the highest altitude parcels owned by Tenuta Rapital in the white wine Alcamo appellation. The wine shows a luminous bright appearance with aromas of pear, peach and a touch of passion fruit. Crushed white mineral and flint appear at the back. There are herbal notes as well and a touch of green caper."

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015

    "Yellow plum, kumquat and passion fruit notes are plump and juicy on the palate of this light-bodied white, but well-cut acidity and stony minerality keep this sleek and focused. Floral and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2018."

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