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Tasca d'Almerita Red Blend Contea di Sclafani Rosso del Conte 2003

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Towards the end of the 60's, Count Giuseppe decided to create a special reserve of Regaleali Rosso, capable of aging like other great international red wines. A challenge he won in 1970 and renewed in successive vintages. A wine long meditated upon, fruit of research conducted with rigour and passion for many years, both among the vines and in the cellar. Rosso del Conte is produced with Nero d'Avola from plants more than forty years old, cultivated as shrubs, almost unique today in Sicily. Colour: Deep, deep ruby turning into purple. Bouquet: Cherry, marasca, walnut husk, wild berries, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, sage and tobacco. Taste: Rich of concentrated fruits, fragrant and well balanced tannins. After taste: Mouthfilling, soft and persistent sweet tannin.

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Tasca D'Almerita:
The Tasca d'Almerita estate is situated in the Sclafani countryside, between the provinces of Palermo and Caltanissetta, near the former stronghold of Regaleali: 1200 hectars of land were reduced to 500 following the agrarian reform in 1950. The 400 hectares of vineyards are between landscapes of almond trees and olive trees, and among this expanse there are wheat, oat and eucalyptus plants, th... Read more
The Tasca d'Almerita estate is situated in the Sclafani countryside, between the provinces of Palermo and Caltanissetta, near the former stronghold of Regaleali: 1200 hectars of land were reduced to 500 following the agrarian reform in 1950. The 400 hectares of vineyards are between landscapes of almond trees and olive trees, and among this expanse there are wheat, oat and eucalyptus plants, that create a rural landscape of rare charm and beauty. It is a striking and unmistakable site, which enjoys a microclimate ideal for wine cultivation thanks to an altitude that varies between 400 to 750 meters and temperature range that averages about 15 Celsius degrees at night. The careful safeguarding of the grapes aromatic properties, which give the wines a characteristic elegance and distinctiveness, is a result of a rather late maturation process, as well as careful vine selection and solid winemaking, practiced in this area since 1100. Read less

External Reviews for Tasca d'Almerita Red Blend Contea di Sclafani Rosso del Conte

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2003 vintage yielded an especially concentrated, opulent Rosso del Conte. This rich wine is packed with the essence of blackberry jam, cassis and sweet toasted oak. Most of the wine's appeal is in its up-front, generous nature as the tannins dry out a bit on the back end. Rosso del Conte is a blend of Nero d'Avola and other indigenous varieties. It spends 18 months in oak (80% new). Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Tasca d'Almerita is one of Sicily's leading wineries. The estate's Rosso del Conte was among the first wines that ushered in the era of important reds from the South.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Juicy black fruit up front, with a clean, floral, mineral undertone. Medium-bodied, with tightly packed tannins and a long, sleek finish. Very well done. Nero d'Avola and Perricone. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This producer is renowned for making Sicily's best red wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Count Tasca d'Almerita makes Sicily's most elite wines, blends of indigenous grapes such as Nerello, Mascalese and Perricone. Aged one year in chestnut barrels. Superb match with grilled or roasted red meats, excellent with game and hard, sharp cheeses.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Saturated dark ruby. Explosive berry, nut and caramel nose, with some oak spice. Sweet, dense and very concentrated. Like a superripe fruit essence, with an eau de vie character and port-like notes of chocolate, earth and raisin. Fat and chewy, but with solid underlying structure. Very firm finish.



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Towards the end of the 60's, Count Giuseppe decided to create a special reserve of Regaleali Rosso, capable of aging like other great international red wines. A challenge he won in 1970 and renewed in successive vintages. A wine long meditated upon, fruit of research conducted with rigour and passion for many years, both among the vines and in the cellar. Rosso del Conte is produced with Nero d'Avola from plants more than forty years old, cultivated as shrubs, almost unique today in Sicily. Colour: Deep, deep ruby turning into purple. Bouquet: Cherry, marasca, walnut husk, wild berries, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, sage and tobacco. Taste: Rich of concentrated fruits, fragrant and well balanced tannins. After taste: Mouthfilling, soft and persistent sweet tannin.

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