Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has a rich vinous history dating back over 2500 years. The classic Mediterranean climate and soil has resulted in an area not only ideal for winemaking but also olives and citrus fruit which are key exports. Mount Etna dominates the landscape providing mineral-rich dark soil; vineyards are being planted ever higher up the slope. Historically, the island was more famous for the production of Marsala, however, a major transformation is underway. Sicily is now becoming better known for top quality wines from a range of varietals including Grillo, Cataratto and Nero d’Avola and a handful of international varieties.
Rallo’s history dates back to 1860, when Don Diego Rallo established the estate to produce both table wine and Marsala. Marsala suffered a genereal decline in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s and Rallo were instrumental in reviving the quality and popularity of Marsala throughout the island. Their tireless efforts were rewarded and in 1969 Marsala achieved DOC status.
After over a century of traditional winemaking, it was bought during the 1990s by the Vesco family, who already owned a winery in DOP Alcamo, and the two estates were combined. Following an ambitious investment project, Rallo evolved into a modern winery and expanded to include three separate estates: Piane Liquide on the western coast in Marsala, Bugeber on the island of Pantelleria and the Patti Picolo Estate situated inland in Alcamo. Today, Rallo is the only winery in Sicily to be certified organic and their outstanding wines represent the most classic varietals of Western Sicily.
On offer this week is the 2014 Bianca di Evro Inzolia. Inzolia is an Italian grape variety grown in both Sicily and Tuscany (where it is called Ansonica). While it is traditionally used as a blending grape in the production of Marsala, it is increasingly being made into a crisp dry white wine either as a blend or as a single variety. Inzolia wines are moderately aromatic and tend to display citrus and almond along with grassy and herbal notes. When grown at low yields, the grape can also have a distinct mineral dimension.
The 2014 Bianca di Evro Inzolia is available for immediate delivery. There are 17 cases available. To order, simply e-mail or telephone