Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2020
Appellation: D.O.C Vittoria Il Frappato
Grape Variety: 100% Frappato
Aging process: Steel vats for 6 months; bottle-aged for at least 3 months
Alcohol level: 13,5%
BLACK SOIL WITH WHITE PEBBLES: these vineyards are located at roughly 100 meters above sea level. The soil is black, relatively compact and riddled with white stones. The soil structure makes it possible for plant roots to oxygenate freely, extending down deep into the ground. The company produces a red wine here, Il Frappato, which draws complex perfumes and a decent acidity from the characteristics of the terrain.
James Suckling – “A very pretty young red with ripe red berries and hints of white chocolate, fresh herbs and whole peppercorns. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Fresh and fruity. Pleasant to drink now.” (91 Pts)
Wine Enthusiast – “This bright Frappato has attractive aromas of red-skinned berry, rose petal and Mediterranean scrub. The juicy palate offers Marasca cherry, clove and white pepper alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity.” (90 Pts)
Wine Advocate – “A certified organic wine of which some 80,000 bottles were made, the 2020 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato is both informal and elegant. The Frappato grape is a true star in the wide constellation of Sicilian grapes and should not be overlooked, especially if you love tonic, lean and silky wines that are generally Pinot Noir-adjacent. Valle dell’Acate makes one of the very best expressions, and this vintage is the standout. True to form, it shows wild berry, sour cherry and earth. There is some caper or green olive as well, and although the alcohol content registers a mild 13%, you feel the pinch of that Sicilian sunshine nonetheless.” (90 Pts)
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