Vittoria Frappato, Sicily, Italy
NY Times "20 Under $20" 5/16/18
Valle dell'Acate Zagra Grillo is a beautiful new white wine gem from Sicily made from 100% Grillo. Valle dell'Acate has a long and storied history among the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily's famous blood oranges. Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono, many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, farmed organically. Zagra in Sicilian dialect means white citrus blossom.
"In recent years, I have seen more dry whites made from grillo, a grape once known as the backbone of sweet Marsala or for making big, blousy dry wines. This one - from various coastal vineyards in eastern Sicily - is young, fresh, floral and refreshing, with lingering earthy notes. Delightful."-Eric Asimov, NY Times
Valle dell'Acate Zagra Grillo is medium in body, crisp and clean. It is soft amber in color with a fragrant, exuberant bouquet of stone fruit and citrus notes. Its flavors are bright and fresh, with citrus lingering on the palate. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain this varietal's floral profile, then aged for 4 months in steel tanks followed by 4 months in bottle. It is crisp and refreshing with a long, polished finish.
Enjoy Valle dell'Acate Zagra Grillo with seafood, grilled fish, vegetable tempura and ripe cheeses.