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My First Glass of Perricone


Vineyard on Madonie, Image by lorca56 (flickr) under Creative Commons

Castellucci Miano is located near the Madonie Mountains near Palermo on the north side of Sicily.  The fossil rich rocks of these mountains reach altitudes second only to Mt Etna.   Castellucci Miano produces wine from both indigenous and international varietals.  The PerricOne is produced from the indigenous Perricone and is the wine to try.  It has interesting black fruit, minerals, and flavors evocative of the forest.  With no experience of this producer or varietal I cannot discern how this bottle will develop.  It might actually improve with a few years of age.  For additional information about Perricone check our Fringe Wine’s recent post.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Castellucci Miano, PerricOne, Sicily – $21
Imported by Grappoli Imports.  This wine is 100% Perricone sourced from 20-30 year old vines on sandy and clay soils at 700-900 meters.  It was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged for three months in stainless steel tank followed by ten months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  The light nose is of floral black berries.  In the mouth there are interesting black and tart fruit, a minerally tang, forest wood, and a racy vein.  There are young, woodsy tannins in the finish followed by a little spice.  There is a delicate structure to this wine which should allow it to develop in the short-term.  ** 2014-2019.

2009 Castellucci Miano, Syrah, Sicily – $15
Imported by Grappoli Imports.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 10-15 year old vines on sandy and clay soils at 400-500 meters.  It was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation then was aged for ten months in stainless steel tank.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color is a light to medium ruby purple.  The nose is of red fruit, plums, and with air a very ripe note.  In the mouth the wine slowly gains powdery, sweet strawberries enlivened by a good amount of acidity.  The flavors turn towards black red fruit with stones.  It is balanced with some fine-grained tannins.  This drank best on the first night but is still not my favorite profile, too sweet and ripe.  * Now-2017.

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  1. January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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