Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico, Sicily, Italy
Vinous 92+ points; Wine Advocate 91+ points! NY Times "20 Wines Under $20"
Valle dell'Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a beautiful red wine gem from Sicily made from 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato. 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.
Wine Advocate 91+ points: "The 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico strikes a lovely chord (and offers great value as well). This is a beautifully fresh, vibrant and gracious red wine. It is a complete and balanced expression that presents the power of the 60% Nero d'Avola component against the elegant floral intensity of the 40% Frappato component."
Vinous 92+ points: "Bright red-ruby. Delicately smoky aromas of red fruits, plum, camphor and herbs, lifted by a bright floral nuance. Enters plush and gentle, then a little tighter in the middle, showing very good focus to the plum and black cherry flavors. A pliant, shapely wine with outstanding sweetness, inner-mouth floral perfume and fine-grained tannins."
Enjoy Valle dell'Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria with roast pork, grilled vegetables, lasagna, pizza and ripe cheeses.