2015 Porta del Vento Catarratto Sicilia

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2017 | Send Email
Adding a new grape to my repertoire, Catarratto is a white grape planted mostly in Sicily. It is often used as a blending grape in Etna Biancos, but here we see it in full force. While it has the snap, structure and salinity we all know and love from Sicilian whites, the grape brings in a broad texture of yellow pears and ripe peaches. A little scent of clove on the nose is a delightful mystery as the wine was aged in cement tanks.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
Just like in real estate wine is location, location, location… I wouldn’t have thought much of a Cattaratto coming from this part of Sicily but when I tasted Porta del Vento I was stunned, 2,000 feet of elevation can do a lot. The nose of this wine is superb, layers of ripe pear, spiced with just a bit of earth and garrigue that just pours from your glass. On the palate the wine has weight, density and a real supple richness that is brought to focus by a superb acidity and finishing minerality. The wine has structure, it’s got shoulders it’s powerful but no hint of any wood this wine has grown out of the ground structure, a real wine. The finish is wonderfully exuberant, full of super refreshing, ripe Bartlett pear that goes on and on, sensational wine. Pair this wine with a meatier fish like shark, swordfish or even Halibut.
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2017 | Send Email
This wonderful expression of the often maligned catarratto grape is going to change peoples minds about the whole varietal. The perfect balance between aromatic depth (pithy exotic citrus peel) and mineral intensity (flinty rocks being smashed together). In the mouth it's dense but not flabby at all, an acidic counterpoint allowing it to remain refreshing and open. More flinty rocks, soft yellow fruits and tiny touches of fresh herbs. This is a pretty serious little wine for the price.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2017 | Send Email
Admittedly I like to drink white wines that have a fair amount of acidity and thus I've come across only a handful of Catarattos over the years that I've liked as most have lacked a level of freshness and vibrancy I prefer. That's not to say that many were not high quality, well made wines but rather that I've encountered only a few like Porta del Vento. This wonderful find offers intriguing scents of pear, flint and stone fruit along with great acidity on the palate. One of my colleagues mentioned it lands somewhere between a Chablis and an aged Vouvray Sec and I'd have to agree. A real find from Sicily.

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