Sicily Wines Alphabetical Listing 2014 (WS) Part II from D to G

Sicily Alphabetical Listing from free list Part II of

Issue: October 31, 2014

These wines were tasted for the Sicily report in the October 31, 2014, issue of Wine Spectator magazine.

Grillo Terre Siciliane Risignolo Kados 2013 88 $25
Moscato Terre Siciliane Corvo 2013 85 $13
Nerello Mascalese Sicilia Vajasindi Làvico 2010 87 $25
Nero d’Avola Sicilia SuorMarchesa Passo delle Mule 2012 88 $25
Sicilia Bianca di Valguarnera 2011 90 $69
Sicilia Duca Enrico 2010 91 $69
Terre Siciliane Corvo Bianco 2013 85 $13
Terre Siciliane Corvo Rosso 2012 86 $13
Faro Oblì 2010 83 $48
Grillo Terre Siciliane Bianco della Sirena 2012 86 $23
Sicilia Terra di Vento 2010 89 $38
Terre Siciliane Case Bianche 2012 84 $36
Terre Siciliane White Incanto 2012 88 $31
Carricante Etna Superiore Il Musmeci 2012 89 $50
Etna Erse 2012 88 $35
Etna White A’Puddara 2012 88 $37
Etna White Erse 2012 89 $25
Nerello Cappuccio Sicilia Laeneo 2012 87 $25
Chardonnay Terre Siciliane Alberta Ferretti 2012 88 $31
Inzolia Terre Siciliane Baglio del Sole 2013 85 $14
Inzolia-Catarratto Terre Siciliane Baglio del Sole 2013 84 $14
Merlot-Syrah Sicilia Baglio del Sole 2012 87 $14
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Versace 2012 91 $32
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane Baglio del Sole 2012 86 $14
Pinot Nero Terre Siciliane L’Eterno 2012 90 $94
Sicilia Carolina Marengo for KISA Red 2012 90 $32
Sicilia Carolina Marengo for KISA White 2012 88 $32
Sicilia Gianfranco Ferré 2012 92 $51
Sicilia Missoni 2012 89 $32
Sicilia Valentino 2012 90 $32
Terre Siciliane White Tírsat Gurra di Mare 2012 88 $38
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane Stemmari 2012 86 $9
Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane Stemmari 2013 83 $9
Pinot Noir Terre Siciliane Stemmari 2012 85 $9
Sicilia Hedonis 2008 89 $30
Terre Siciliane Stemmari Cantodoro 2011 88 $13
Terre Siciliane White Stemmari Dalila 2012 84 $13
Catarratto-Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane Purato 2012 84 $12
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011 85 $16
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane Purato 2012 82 $12
Terre Siciliane Rosé Purato 2013 82 $14
Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2011 86 $15
Terre Siciliane White Chara 2012 88 $15
Grillo Terre Siciliane 2013 86 $17
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Saia 2011 90 $35
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane 2012 88 $17
Syrah Sicilia Mahâris 2012 91 $60
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Vigna Lagnusa 2011 84 $25
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Vrucara 2009 86 $50
Grillo Sicilia 2013 83 $17
Insolia Sicilia 2013 87 $17
Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2012 85 $17
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Deliella 2011 88 $100
Sicilia Symposio 2011 83 $20
Terre Siciliane Symposio 2012 88 $20
Etna Le Sabbie dell’Etna 2012 88 $19
Etna White Le Sabbie dell’Etna 2013 88 $21
Inzolia Sicilia Chiaramonte 2013 86 $18
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Harmonium 2011 90 $44
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane Chiaramonte 2012 88 $17
Perricone Sicilia Ribeca 2010 88 $38
Sicilia Camelot 2010 89 $69
Sicilia Favinia Le Sciabiche Anno Primo 2011 85 $42
Sicilia Santagostino Baglio Soria Red 2011 91 $23
Terre Siciliane White Favinia La Muciara Anno Terzo 2013 85 $42
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane Poggionotte 2012 84 $16

see also Sicily Wines  Alphabetical Listing 2014 (WS) Part I from A to D 


Palermo Palazzo Chiaromonte2 copyThe Spanish governed Sicily from 1479 until 1713, and certainly not well. Queen Isabella of Castile starts the Inquisition as a domestic policy to secure control. After her husband Ferdinand becomes king of Aragon, she exports the inquisition to the entire kingdom.”In 1492 the Jews are expelled from Spain; and on June 18 of the same year the order of expulsion also arrives in Sicily and Sardinia. Was a very dark period for Sicily as in the entire catholic countries. Using the religion as an excuse the Spaniards got rid of political opponents expropriating vast estates, torturing and killing anybody was against them. 


Palermo- Palazzo Steri trionfo-della-morte-After a long restoration, completed in 2006,  at “Palazzo  Chiaromonte Steri” is possible to observe all signs of these terrible years of darkness  left by prisoners, written sometimes with their own blood on the walls.”Il Trionfo della MorteThe Triumph of Death” is one of the most impressive painting exhibited, according to some expert inspired Pablo Picasso, when visiting Palermo, in the making of the famous Guerninca”. for Enjoy Gourmet June 09 Sicilian Legacy page12 photo Vanvakys copy 4However, they do deserve the credit for reinvigorating the cultivation of vineyards and the production of wines all over the island. The resulting wine was strong, full-bodied, and minimally refined, but it filled the barrels of the most important of the numerous taverns that were cropping up in the cities during that era, including the city of Palermo.





Villa Palagonia_2 copyArtists, along with patrons of every type, frequented these rowdy and promiscuous locales,”taverne“, and very often, as happened in many other European cities, such as London, Paris, and Naples, drew inspiration for their works from them: imagine the places described by A. Dumas in “Les Miserables”, for instance.



Palmento pressa small_2jpgSeveral poets, in Sicilian and Italian language, praised and gushed over Sicilian wines, describing, among other things, their production processes from the grapevine to the cellar. To quote one of them, the great historian and Sicilian scholar, Domenico Scinà (Palermo, 1765-1837), wrote: “…Several species of our grapes can be called subtle”, as did Cupani (another Sicilian poet), “and the vine, trimmed well, was cultivated by us”.




Nerello vineyard S. AlfioBut the wine is not drawn with the diligence it might be. Every sort of grape is mixed together, mature with immature, and is allowed to ferment arbitrarily, at the will of the ignorant farmer.



MessinaDSCN0882 copyYet our wine is rich and robust, and makes famous the workers of Bagaria and Abbate” (Bagheria e Villabate).







Giovanni Meli DSCN0080Another famous Sicilian poet, Giovanni Meli (1740-1815), dedicated much of his writing to Sicilian wine and its virtues. Among these writings, we will cite:

Lodi ai vini Siciliani di Giovanni Meli 

(Ode to Sicilian Wines, by Giovanni Meli)

“ This will be a delight
Restoration of mortals
Remedy for sadness
Balsam for ills
It will bring balance,
In spite of destiny,
Among the rich and the poor
Among the greats and the commoners…”

“ Live live at full steam Moscato
of Catania or Syracuse… for wine you’ll drink Resalaimi…”

“…Live the garnish of the Ficarazzi
for we who drink bubbling wines”

“…Oh Castelvetrano, my love?
Oh Carini, Carini, oh what wine
That entraps my heart with sweetness…
Oh Alcamo, Oh Ciaculli! Oh Bagheria
Recipes for true contentment…”


Bandiera_del_Regno_di_Sicilia_4.svgIn the second half of the 1700s, during the Bourbon Dynasty, wine cultivation was experiencing a full resurgence in Sicily.



Balconies of Ragusa a detail copyMany wines were beginning to come into their own, reaching northern Italy as well as several foreign countries and the largest wine-producing cities, where, by that time, they boasted international quality, which: AlcamoAvolaCastellamareCastelvetranoMarsala, MascaliVittoria.
 present Cerasuolo di Vittoria at NYU May 5th  copy It was in that same period that several large proprietors of vineyards, such as Salaparuta, Ganci, and Mortillaro, began to produce more refined wines, according to the French model. One of the largest producers of Sicilian wine, Giuseppe Alliata Moncada Colonna, Prince of Villafranca and Duke of Salaparuta, was also convinced by this method. Don Giuseppe, who possessed a vast expanse of vineyards



at CariniTerrasiniBagheria and Casteldaccia, oversaw his vineyards personally, and according to the particular Antico palmento _2manner of the Corvo di Bagheria district. Reserved for his family, as well as a few more illustrious guests, he bottled the first bottles of Corvo (beginning in 1800), creating the famous reserve known around the world.