Sicily’s Wines Rising Stars on Wine Spectator

 

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Sicily’s Wines Protagonist of Wine Spectator Oct. 2014 (by Alison Napjus)

 Sicily, Italy’s largest and most southerly island, is a place of many distinctions. Its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions today.

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Sicily’s Wine Renaissance - A combination of local culture and modern innovation is transforming the Medi­terranean’s largest island into a winemaking hot spot. From Mount Etna’s elegant reds based on the native Nerello Mascalese grape to crowd-pleasing Chardonnays, diversity and quality abound.

Sicily  in February is verdant and lush. The grapevines emerging from their winter hibernation, are separated by rows of rich green grass and bright yellow flowers. The island’s southern coast is dotted with vibrant orange groves and the pale pink of almond trees bloom. Even the stark volcanic crags of Mount Etna  are softened by wild flowers mixed with the silvery-green of olive trees

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 In summer, all this changes. Temperatures rise to the 90s, the sun beats down for 10 to 12 hours each day, and the rainfall that is so regular during the winter drops to almost nothing on average, approximately 0.1 inches in the months of July and August.

“Sicily is really a land of contrasts”, remarks Laurent de la Gatinais, president of his family Rapitalå estate. This general statement is a common refrain when referring to the many aspects of Italy’s largest and most southerly island and-its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Europe’s  most distinctive and and exciting wine regions today. (excerpt from Renaissance in Sicily by Alison Napjus)

Read more on Wine Spectator  page 44 of Wine Spectator Issue Oct. 2014 

 

Sicily Wines  Alphabetical Listing 2014 (WS)- More than 330 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

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ABCs of Sicilian Terroir

 

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Profiles of Leading Producers - Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island

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