Earthy aromas of leather, truffle, game and ripe black-skinned fruit lead the way on the nose of this smooth, savory red. The structured palate offers juicy black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and ground white pepper alongside soft, silky tannins. A smoky note bolsters the finish. Drink through 2019.
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Zisola Sicilia IGT
Grape Varieties100% Nero d'Avola
DescriptionThe Mazzei family, historic owners of Tuscany's renowned Fonterutoli estate and one of Italys most highly regarded winemaking families, are proud to present Zisola, an elegant Sicilian red wine of great complexity, concentration and aging potential. Made from Sicily's indigenous Nero dAvola grape, limited-production Zisola comes from the Mazzei family property in southeastern Sicily, just outside the magnificent town of Noto. Here, in this alluring spot rich in history and culture, the Mazzei family discovered unexpressed winemaking potential and have pioneered an ambitious project to bring that potential to light. In fact, the thumbprint that appears on the label is that of Francesco Mazzei who, together with his father Lapo and his brother Filippo, is dedicated to placing the Mazzei family's mark of uncompromised quality on this exciting viticultural region. Vineyards currently cover approximately 17 hectares of the estate, mainly calcareous soils planted chiefly to Nero d'Avola vines trained in the traditional alberello (free standing) style. The vines enjoy a west/southwest exposure and benefit from a steady sea breeze, which cools the vineyards during the hot summer days and warms the land in the winter. This exceptional microclimate permits ideal ripening of the grapes and yields an elegant, aromatic red wine.
VinificationGrapes are hand harvested early September and undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 82-86˚F for 14-16 days, with a maceration period of up to 10 days at 68-75˚F. Aged for 10 months in French barriques, 1/3 new.
ColorDeep ruby red
NoseAromas of wild berries and hints of spice.
PalateMedium-bodied, intense flavors of blackberry and dark cherry, accented by notes of violet, pepper and exotic spices.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.9 %