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A second label of Valle dell'Acate, the Case Ibidini range (pronounced ‘bidini) consists of varietally labeled wines from the estate intended for more casual consumption. The local name of the area where the estate is situated, Bidini, is drawn from the ancient root Bidis. This in turn referred to the name of a group of early Hellenic settlers who populated the area nearly 20 centuries ago. These wines provide a purity and authenticity reflective of the philosophy of the estate, all at an affordable price. Made from 100% Nero d'Avola grapes grown in medi... Read More »
Impressive for its purity and refreshing mineral qualities, Valle dell'Acate takes the Inzolia varietal to a whole new level of quality. As a second label, the Case Ibidini range (pronounced 'bidini) consists of varietally labeled wines from the estate intended for more casual consumption. The local name of the area where the estate is situated, Bidini, is drawn from the ancient root Bidis. This in turn referred to the name of a group of early Hellenic settlers who populated the area nearly 20 centuries ago. These wines provide a purity and authenticity ... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Tenuta di Aglaea cultivates the indigenous and mysterious Nerello grape on the cool volcanic terraces of Sicily's Mount Etna. Perfumed with minerally aromas, the wine is marked by a firm body and a freshness of fruit tones with gentle tannins. It is a wine of subtlety and will reward several years of cellaring. Try it with antipasti, pasta, vegetable dishes, and lighter meats like pork, veal, and poultry. 100% Nerello Mascalese.
Organically grown Nero d'Avola that's fresh, fruit-filled and affordable. A touch of bay leaf and mint complements the volcanic soil, sweet red fruit and peppery spice on this wine's nose and palate. Delicious!
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Captivating, extremely intense aromas of flinty red cherry and raspberry, lifted by violet and mineral notes. Sappy, floral fruit shows lovely sweetness and energy thanks to well-integrated acidity and spicy mineral lift. Dense, chewy and saline on the brisk finish, featuring youthful, building tannins. Made from vines between 75 and 100 years of age, this is a star in the making--a truly great Passopisciaro and the best wine in this year's releases of Sicilian wines from the talented Andrea Franchetti. 92(+?) points." (3/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Pas ...Read More »
For four generations, the Gangemi family has been devoting itself to viticulture and to the improvement of autochthonous Sicilian vines. Meticulous winemaking and oak aging for 12 months has resulted in this classic Sicilian white made from indigenous grapes Carricante and Catarratto, planted to sandy volcanic soils, hand picked and fermented at a controlled temperature to preserve freshness and typicity. This smells like the Mediterranean itself, with scents of white flowers. There's real vivacity in the mouth, with unique mineral character. It's made f... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Marchione represents the efforts of Importer A.I. Selections to create outstanding value-priced wines with regional authenticity. The fruit for this wine is sourced from 15-18 year old Nero d'Avola vines located in the Argiento Hills of Sicily. The wine sees no oak and offers a fresh and smoothly textured palate of spicy black cherry and plum fruit. This is certainly an ideal daily table red and perfect for outdoor occasions as well.
92 points James Suckling: "Silky and delicious with blueberry and cherry character. Hints of tangerines too. Medium body, light tannins and a tangy finish. Delicious. Drink now." (12/2013)
Inventory: Redwood City
Tenuta di Aglaea cultivates the indigenous and mysterious Nerello grape on the cool volcanic terraces of Sicily's Mount Etna. N'Anticchia is the finest selection of grapes from Aglaea's 100 year old, own-rooted vines which make up the winery's original, half-hectare vineyard parcel. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 18 months before bottling. It is firm and mineral-driven, with delicate notes of strawberry and raspberry. Velvety tannins grace the long finish which hints at complexities that will further develop with cellaring. Try wit... Read More »
A harmonious blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Alicante, grown in the terraced vineyards on Mount Etna known for having sandy, volcanic soils rich in minerals. From the producer: "Aetneus is born in monumental vineyards on the Volcano’s north side: a living natural wine, complex and elegant, with great aging potential."
93 points James Suckling: "Amazing aromas of flowers, spices and dried strawberries. Full body, with super fine tannins and a firm linear line to the wine. Lightly chewy. Very long. Classy. From Etna fruit, mostly Nerello Mascalese. Better in 2013." (11/2011)
Inventory: Redwood City
This wine is very supple, rich, low in tannin and quite aromatic, all organic, head trained vines on an island just off the north coast of Sicily The Nero Ossidiana is a blend of Corinto and Nero d’Avola. It is brilliant purple with violet reflections- a gorgeous wine in the glass. The aromas are full of tart cherries, dried strawberries and ashy, salty, volcanic rock. On the palate the wine is subtle, layered and truly balanced between the earthy minerality and the gorgeous red and black fruit. It is important to note that these wines are made fro... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Etna Bianco Superiore Pietra Marina is one of the founding fathers behind Etna wine excellence. When I first tasted Pietra Marina more than a decade ago, I fell in love with wines from this stunning volcanic territory. Those super sharp and focused mineral notes are what initially sparked my adoration, as well as the surprising complexity of aromas. Flint and brimstone are wrapped around citrus and white peach. It ages sur lie for 24 months. Pietra Marina can safely age up to a decade. Drink 2014-2024. Benanti has led efforts to raise Etna to th ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This gorgeous wine opens with fragrances of blue flower, moist earth, leather and ripe berry. The delicious palate delivers succulent black cherry, cinnamon, white pepper and balsamic herbs alongside smooth, silky tannins. It’s already delicious now, but hold for complexity. Drink now–2026." (9/2014)
NEROIBLEO is a warm, solar red, with the striking characteristics of wine produced from the renown Nero'd'Avola, the Sicilian grape variety which has been cultivated for centuries on Mount Iblea in the province of Ragusa.