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Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane IGP ‘Alhambra’

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Tasting Notes

Alhambra is the entry-level range of wines from Spadafora: young wines, expressive of their varietals, with a sense of place and well-priced. Alhambra takes its name from the famous Alhambra palace near Granada (Spain) which is where a branch of the Spadafora family is believed to have originated (this Spanish influence is due to the Spanish domination over Sicily which lasted almost five centuries).

Alhambra Rosso is 100% Nero d’Avola farmed organically in the family’s estate in Virzi, a town in northwestern Sicily between Palermo and Marsala. A fascinating wine, it ages 12 months in concrete vats to smooth out the edges. Ruby red in color with a captivating bouquet of berry fruits, plump red cherry and strawberry. There’s and easy, juicy richness to the texture and a salty aniseed spice in the end with soft tannins on the finish. Pairs well with grilled fish, roasted meats, cured sausages, eggplant caponata and medium-aged cheese.

With the 2012 vintage the Spadafora Alhambra line features new labels.

Winery

Spadafora

Region

Sicilia

Varietal

100% Nero d'Avola

Location of Vineyards

Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo

Orientation

South

Altitude

220 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Organic

Soil

Sandy and clayey

Type of Cultivation

Simple Guyot espalier

Vinification

Harvest is done manually in September. Maceration for up to 8 days at controlled temperatures btw 20 and 25C

Aging

12 months in cement vats and 4 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content

13%

Total Production

25,000 bottles

Oenologist

Francesco Spadafora