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.
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.
Score: 88 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Bright straw. Tomato leaf, gooseberry and sage on the bright nose and in the mouth. Rich and creamy for an Alcamo, but with good density and a hint of complicating bitterness on the long clean, savory finish. Not the last word in complexity but lovely balance and easy drinking charm. The wines name derives from Casalj rabitallavi, the ancient name of the Rapital estate. (12.5% alcohol)
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