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Sicily tasting notes

text and photographs © 2014 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Sicily and its wines.


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white wines

Feudo Principi di Butera, Grillo 2013, Italy
DOC Sicilia, from Caltanissetta. Elegant and light stuff, quite discreet aromatically and in flavour. It's dry, quite serious, with good balance. Not a hugely aromatic or vibrant style, but quite classy. 87/100.

Masseria del Feudo, Grillo 2013, Italy
DOC Sicilia, from Caltanissetta. Nice sense of herbal elegance and coolness, a touch of yeasty character and seems very natural. Very juicy, fresh and elegant on the palate, with a richer texture than some, and a nice creamy aspect to both mouthfeel and flavour. Quite long, well balanced. 88/100.

Masseria del Feudo, Il Giglio Inzolia 2013, Italy
DOC Sicilia, from Caltanissetta. Lovely fresh aromas, lots of sherbetty brightness, the tight apple and the hint of something slatey and saline. Delightfully fruity and bright on the palate, punch and vigour to this, still delicate, but lovely flowing clarity and acidity. 88/100.

red wine

Feudi del Pisciotto, 'Carolina Marengo Frappato' 2011, Italy
IGT Sicilia from, Caltanissetta. Deep, vivid crimson with a bloody, earthy nose, very dark and earthy, hinting at barnyard. Does not sing Frappato to me at all, and I wonder if this is marked by Brettanomyces? The palate has a flood of really sweet cherry and cassis fruit, loads of sweetness and no bitterness, so I think that animal/barnyard character is part of the unusual, oaky style of this interpretation of Frappato. Spicy and quite long, it is powerful and deep but I am not sure I'm a huge fan of its character. 86-87/100.

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