Albanello

 

Albanello Green_Grapes_for_PosterAlbanello is an ancient white grape variety cultivated in the provinces of Ragusa and Syracuse to near extinction. Long  time ago it was used for prominent fortified wines such as Mendola and Pulliat. Giovanni Briosi (1879) said of this grape, “The Albanello is not greatly appreciated in the trade, especially not abroad, yet it can be used to make the best dry wine in all of Sicily.” Two types of wine were made from Albanello: one dry produced with grapes harvested slightly before complete maturation; and one sweet,for which, grapes were left to dry both on the vine and in bunches under  the sun for seven to eight days .

In the eighteenth century, the grape was an important component in the rare and expensive Marsala-style wine Ambrato di Comiso.

 

Carjcanti Sicilia IGT Bianco Organic

 

Gulfi carjcantiCarjcanti   Sicilia IGT Bianco

QUALIFICATION: Sicilia IGT

GRAPE VARIETY: Carricante, Albanello

VINIFICATION: Grapes harvested after mid September are vinified in steel tanks and in 225 to 500 liter barrels.

REFINING: Wine is aged in steel tanks and barrels for at least one year then in bottles for several months.

Color: pale yellow with green reflections

Odor: intense, big, fruity with undertones of green apple

Flavor: dry, harmonious, pleasantly tart, with finish of anise and almond.

ALCOHOL: 12,5 %

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 53°- 57° F.

STORAGE METHOD: horizontal in a cool place at a constant temperature not exceeding 64° F

Accompaniments: The lively tartness, and prevalent sensation of Mediterranean herbs, suggest serving it along with fishes, mollusks and shellfish. It is also intriguing accompaniment to pasta and risotto dishes made with tender fragrant vegetable, optimally topped with fresh cheeses.

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