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Valle Dell'Acate, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Classico 2018

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The estate was founded at the end of the nineteenth century by Giuseppe Jacono, whose family had been involved in winemaking for as long as the town of Vittoria had been the principal export point for Sicilian wines to France. Today, the estate is run by Gaetana Jacono, the sixth generation of her family to be involved. There are 100 hectares of vines, most of which have been replanted since 2001, at between 0 and 250 metres above sea level. On the valley bed, the soil is light sandy clay, whereas on the plateau (at 250m), it is poor, calcareous soil.

 This Cerasuolo di Vittoria is their flagship wine, composed of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato. There is a beautiful sweetness to the cherry and strawberry fruit which shows excellent concentration, a hallmark of the vintage. Complexity is added with notes of tar and herbs, qualities which will develop into even more meaty, savoury flavours if the wine is allowed to age.

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