2011 Porta del Vento "MaQue" Perricone Sicilia

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I remember the first time I tasted this wine, I drew back a bit and thought to myself, well, this is something different. Part of the wealth of Italy is its hundreds of indigenous grape varieties. Even someone who is well traveled and has tasted extensively gets surprised, because in Italy there’s always a new discovery. Porta del Vento is in western Sicily, southwest of Palermo and due south of Alcamo. Their vineyards sit high up in the coastal mountains at a tad over 1900 feet in a basically sandy soil and substrate. Porta del Vento means “carry the wind.” When you see the way these unique vineyards are planted you can tell that generations of growers at Porta del Vento have done some trial and error and figured out what worked best. Their 25 acres were planted partly in 1974 and then another portion in 1984, all in a north-south arrangement to lessen the sun’s intensity. The vines are all head trained (in Italian you’d say Alberello) and pruned fairly low because this area is very windy. They farm organically and let natural grasses grow between the rows, and they hand hoe the vineyards. That’s got to be quite the chore! The wine is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Perricone, fermented in glass-lined cement tanks and aged in large wooden barrels. The backbone of this wine is the Perricone; you can feel its structure and edges but it is perfectly matched with the supple texture of the Nero d’Avola. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2017 | Send Email
I was really taken by the nose of this wine, it has a wild, windswept Mediterranean brush scent to it, with leather and earth but it has its own uniqueness. Perricone is one of Italy’s hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and the breadth of them all sometimes makes it difficult to handle. When I first tasted this wine I was stunned, the mouthfeel, density and balance where exceptional, these vineyards are at 1500’ so retain more freshness and balance. The wine reminded me a bit of Syrah’s structure and weight but the flavors are all Perricone, spice, sandalwood, rosemary, fresh leather and a bit of minerality. A powerful wine this would go best with leg of lamb.
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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2017 | Send Email
Porta del Vento is located at 2,000 feet above Palermo near Camporeale. Here the hillsides are steep and subjected to high winds, extreme temperature shifts and difficult terrain. Owner and winemaker Marco Sferlazzo farms biodynamically and is one of the few to work with the rare red varietal known as Perricone. His is one of the finest made and boasts complex aromas of plum, blue fruits, violets, herbs and minerals. Additionally it's structured yet balanced with a medium-bodied palate of dried blue fruits, fine tannins, juicy acidity and low alcohol as well. This is a rare wine that Italophiles will especially enjoy.

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