The Mazzei family owns one hectare of Petit Verdot that was planted in 2007. The 2012 Effe Emme (an IGT Terre Sicilian wine) is a pure expression of the grape that offers an exceedingly plump and generous style that underlines the warm growing conditions in Sicily. Some 8,000 bottles are produced. The bouquet is focused and tight with blackberry fruit, exotic spice and crushed granite stone.
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Zisola Effe Emme
Grape Varieties100% Petit Verdot
DescriptionZisola is the product of a partnership between a great Tuscan family with a rich wine heritage, and a land blessed by nature with excellent conditions for winemaking. The Zisola estate is located in southeastern Sicily, the home of Nero d'Avola, just outside of the town of Noto. Here, the historic Mazzei family discovered untapped potential, and pioneered an ambitious project to bring that potential to light. Effe Emme is named from Filippo and Francesco Mazzei (F.M.). This exciting new wine combines the potential of a great single-variety with the unique characteristics of Noto "terroir", creating a wine of intriguing and rich of personality.
VinificationGrapes are hand harvested and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at 82-86°F. The maceration period is 14-16 days. The wine is aged for 16 months in small French oak barrels (225 lt/50% new).
NoseLayers of ripe blackberries, spice, licorice and violets.
PalateA firm structure with velvety tannins and bright acidity with a juicy, lingering finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.8 %