2016 Valle dell'Acate "Zagra" Grillo Sicilia

SKU #1322975 93 points Vinous

 Pale straw. Clean fresh and deep aromas of grapefruit, sage and fennel complicate notes of white peach apple and pear; strikes me as a very complex nose. Then rich, dense and suave but very well delineated and vibrant on the long, juicy and mineral back end. 100% Grillo grown on clay-sandy soils near the sea, this is a knockout wine, one of the best I have tasted from Valle dell’Acate in recent times.  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Valle dell’Acate is located on the Ibleo plateau on the north bank of the Dirillo River valley. The closest city is Vittoria, with 62,000 inhabitants. This is an extremely fertile portion of Sicily, long known for producing wine. At the beginning of the Phylloxera scourge that hit France in the late 1800s, it became one of the major suppliers of wine to France. It was during this time that Gaetano Jacono established his winery, and his descendants have established Valle dell’Acate as one of Sicily’s most important wineries. The current owner, Gaetana Jacono, is named for the founder. That’s a classic Italian tradition, and a name can be either masculine or feminine. Today’s Gaetana is a fireball of action, vibrant, driven and one of the foremost proponents of her region’s wine and food. Her wines are great, beckoning and complex, yet easy to approach. As you look past a simple opening you can see their depth, intrigue and special character. That doesn’t happen often in the wine world. Savory components dominate the wine. It has a mineral-driven nose and you can smell the sea, while on the palate the wine has a viscous nature, thick, dense, almost oily and a long, persistent finish. Gaetana suggests Tempura among other things with this wine.

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