This Curatolo Arini Corto di Passo Nero d’Avola Appassimento 2018 is from vineyards in the heart of Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta. The vineyards are situated 500 metres above sea level, facing south. The soil is rich in sand and clay. Half of the grape bunches are cut just before harvest, after which they dry under the warm Sicilian sun. Afterwards the grapes are harvested. The grapes are destemmed, followed by a 12-day maceration with skins. The juice ferments for 15 days in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 24-26 degrees. After the uprising of the Italian general Garibaldi against the French Bourbon dynasty in 1860, the local Sicilian economy started to move fast. It was at this time that Vito Curatolo Arini had a winery built for his vineyards, whose grapes he had until then supplied to cooperatives. It was Vito’s dream to make premium wines in his native Marsala that would be recognised by the whole world. The Englishman John Woodhouse, who had previously invented the fortified wine Marsala so that it could be shipped to England, helped to achieve this. Today, Curatolo Arini is regarded as the top producer of Marsala fortified wines. His Marsalas are on the menus of many starred restaurants.
Curatolo Arini Corto di Passo Nero d'Avola Appassimento 2018
- Dark ruby red, with purple reflections.
- Full, generous wine.
- Lively balance of lots of ripe fruit,
- Spicy notes, acidity and subtle tannins.
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“Deep red. Aromas of ripe red cherry, flowers and sweet spices. Then sappy and creamy, with high-toned spice character and exotic fruit cocktail flavors providing the wine with compelling inner-mouth aromatic character. Very ripe, but with plenty of verve, finishing with excellent length and spicy. Not unlike a good Valpolicella Ripasso.” – Vinous