Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Perricone Guarnaccio 2017

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of black berries, charcoal and touches of dried meat. On the palate this medium body wine is dry with notes of plums, blackberries, black caps, charcoal, and bay leaf. It is layered and complex, spicy, and seamlessly integrated. Tannins are notable but evenly distributed and silky. The ripeness of the fruit is balanced with minerality.

WINE INFORMATION

This wine comes from an old and very esteemed producer whose efforts span eight generations and 200 years. Tenuta Regaleali dates to at least the 16th century, and was acquired in 1830 by the current owners, the Tasca family. It is located about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of Palermo in a very arid area, for thousands of years the granary of Italy. It has about 550 hectares (ha), some 382 of which are planted to over 15 varieties of commercially grown grapes. The family has always been a leader in innovation and together with the University of Milan, is experimenting with some 60 varieties of international and domestic provenance. They have dug lakes and established irrigation systems to counter the effects of extreme stress. The current counts completed a new cantina in 1999 and acquired four more estates the following year, including one on Mt. Etna. The Tascas were the first member of SOStain, a sustainable viticulture program founded by the Italian Ministry for the Environment in 2010.

Perricone has a long history in Sicily; it may be native or imported from Spain. It was much more widely planted a century ago than it is today, known for its depth of color, fullness of body, and tannins. Used for the production of concentrated grape must, it was blended with lighter wines, much as Nero d’Avola is today. It was first planted on the Regaleali estate in 1959.

 

Grapes for this wine come from the 2.6-ha Ciminnita vineyard, planted in 2011 on deep, fine, lightly calcareous, clay soils at 480 meters above sea level. The fruit goes through fermentation and maceration in stainless steel for 13 days, followed by full malolactic fermentation. The wine ages for about 12 month in 225-liter second- and third-use Allier and Tronçais oak barrels.

 

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Ham, Hearty stew, Mexican, Mushrooms, Roasted Root Vegetables, Spicy Food, Tapas, Tomato Sauce

Color/Type:
Red
Origin:
Italy, Sicily
Grape Varietal:
100% Perricone
Eco-friendly:
Sustainable
Price:
$22.00 each
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