2012 Ciro Biondi Cisterna Fuori

SKU #1267027

"Nerello Cappuccio" and "Nerello Mascalese" ... a blend of two very Sicilian grape varietals. Together they are the mainstay of quality red wines from Sicily's east coast and have long been a popular choice for wines made under the Sicilia IGT title (now promoted to DOC status). The pair are in fact two mutations of a single variety, although the original archetypal Nerello is rarely referred to in ampelographic literature (or any other kind of literature for that matter). The two varieties often grow side-by-side (they are BFFs after all...), most commonly in the volcanic soils around Mount Etna (for Etna DOC wines) and on the La Piana di Catania plain just to the south. At the very northeastern tip of Sicily (where the island comes within a mile or two of mainland Italy) the pair are again found together in the hills above the port of Messina. Here they are grown for use in the powerful, yet graceful, red wines sold under the Faro DOC title.

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