Valle Dell'Acate Frappato Sicilia IGT 2010
The estate produces one of the finest examples of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, traditionally Sicily's greatest wine. Cerasuolo di Vittoria was the first red wine in all of Sicily to achieve DOCG status, and to this day it continues to be one of Sicily's greatest reds. Valle dell'Acate also makes a great many IGT bottlings from their well-tended vineyards, including Il Nero, Zagra, Il Frappato and Tané. All of the bottlings from Valle dell'Acate must be ranked amongst Sicily's finest. The estate's Cerasuolo di Vittoria is made of a blend of seventy percent Nero d'Avola and thirty percent Frappato, with the Nero d'Avola spending time in predominantly used barrique prior to bottling. The wine receives eight to nine more months of aging in bottle prior to release, allowing for the traditionally broad and velvety style of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to emerge prior to release. This is a full-bodied and complex wine, combining the dark spice notes of Nero d'Avola with the high-toned floral aspects of the Frappato. This harmonious blend displays supple tannins and sound acids to keep the wine fresh and bouncy on the palate.
Editorial Reviews for Valle Dell'Acate Frappato Sicilia IGT
A bit reductive on the nose with floral notes and gentle fruit tones. Bright and juicy in the mouth with fine acids and just the barest tannins. Very floral-toned fruit with a light, transparent feel and a slight mineral edge to the refreshing finish. 86pts
Love this wine: light and bright with a cut of raspberry minerality and a hint of effervescence (?)-- the fruit is not unlike a Beaujolais and beautifully done!
External Reviews for Valle Dell'Acate Frappato Sicilia IGT
A dry red made from Frappato, a very Sicilian grape variety. Pretty from the start, this scrumptious wine is ruby red in color, with firm raspberry fruit and lively acidity. It is the perfect easy-drinking wine to enjoy every day with Italian red sauce dishes.
Medium-bodied and well-spiced, with amped-up flavors of macerated cherry and strawberry, tea rose and pekoe tea leaf. Lightly chewy, fresh and tangy, offering ample aromatics on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 8,350 cases made.
The 2010 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico is 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato with pressed fruit, dried cherry, earthy tones and bitter almond. Earthy notes of tar and button mushroom also appear. The close provides a sharp sense of acidity. Drink 2014–2018.
Deep red-ruby. Perfumed, sappy aromas of dark cherry, underbrush, licorice and minerals. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with a deep core of spice complementing dark fruit and herb flavors. Finishes very long and brisk, with substantial dusty tannins and a repeating licorice note.