The island of Sicily, the largest in the Mediterranean, is Italy’s fourth largest producing wine region. There have been considerable improvements in the region’s wines over the past 20 years. Much of the wine that used to go to beefing up anemic northern reds is now being bottled and proudly sold as Sicilian. However, the multitude of appellations (22 small DOCs and 1 DOCG) were terribly confusing and anyway produced only 5% of the island’s wine. In 2012 a new regional DOC (DOP Sicilia) was developed to simplify the system and take in the vast quantity of wine previously produced as IGP.
Food (as everything else) in Sicily shows the influence that different conquering armies have had on the island over the past 3000 years, with Greek, Spanish, French and Arab influences. Much of the island’s cuisine takes advantage of fresh vegetables such as eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, and fish, such as tuna, sea bream, sea bass, cuttlefish, and swordfish. In Trapani in the western section of the island, North African influences are clear in the use of couscous.
The Evrò name pays homage to the Queen Bianca of Navarra (The White Queen) who was the queen consort of the King of Sicily during the reign of William I (1154-1166) and regent during the minority of her son William II. Her history is intertwined with the castle of Alcamo portrayed on the label. The blue colour of the label is meant to evoke not only the freshness of the wine, but also the “blue blood” of the queen. The platinum capsule surrounds the head of the bottle like a precious crown. Produced from 100% Insolia grapes that are organically grown in their estate vineyards around the territory of Alcamo. The wine is matured in temperature controlled stainless steel vessels in order to maintain freshness and acidity. A straw yellow colour in the glass, expect a dry white wine that displays a bouquet of apricot, pear, apple and citrus fruit with hints of beeswax and white flowers. Rich and full in the mouth with great texture and a salted honey finish.
The Clarissa Syrah has an intensely fruity nose with black cherry, blackberries, hints of bacon with a touch of leather. A little more than medium bodied, rich and round with plenty of fruit on the palate that contributes nicely delineated structural tannins. Compares with a Rhone-Valley Syrah.
A wine with a ruby red color tending to purplish. The nose expresses very fine and delicate notes of small red fruits, wild spices, medicinal herbs and cloves. Balanced and harmonious in the mouth with great structure, it ends with a savory and persistent finish.
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