Peloro Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT
Le Casematte is owned by the charismatic Gianfranco Sabbatino and soccer champion Andrea Barzagli, whose collective passion for terroir-driven wines come through in their wines. Located on the northeastern corner of the triangular island, near Messina, Le Casematte’s total surface is a mere 20 hectares – less than 50 acres. And in fact, the winery is located at Faro Superiore, high above the Strait of Messina, where the steep hillsides have a 70% gradient. It was named after two casematte or casemates (also known as bunkers) from World War II that sit on the property and served as observatories and defensive structures at that time. Today, they watch over Gianfranco’s largest vineyard (2 hectares, 4.9 acres). Le Casematte’s surface under vine is about 7 hectares (17 acres), between 250 and 370 meters (820-1,215 feet) above sea level. Pristine and remote, these vineyards benefit from the constant sea breezes of the Strait of Messina, notably the Sirocco wind during summer. Great day/night temperature swings give the wines wonderful aromatic qualities and freshness. The sandy, calcareous and clay soils combined with the unusual micro-climate of the vineyards give the wines amazing elegance and fragrance.
Honoring the history and territory, Peloro is named for the northwestern point of the island of Sicily, called Capo Peloro or Punta del Faro. Perhaps the name comes from the Greek Pelorus. In Greek Mythology, Pelorus helped found the city of Thebes.
It is made from Nerello Mascalese and Nocera grown in vineyards in Faro Superiore overlooking the sea and benefiting from cool, salty sea breezes. The vines range from twenty to thirty years old. Peloro ages in oak barrels for a few months and then in bottle. Generous aromas of fruit and flowers but also cocoa, licorice and other spices.
Wine exported to
Austria, Canada, USA, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, Turks and Caicos
Most recent awards
- 2016 | Wine Advocate89
- 2016 | James Suckling93
- 2015 | Wine Spectator89
- 2015 | Wine Enthusiast92
- 2015 | Vinous91
70% Nerello Mascalese, 30% Nocera
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Faro Superiore, Messina, Sicily
20 hectares (49 acres)
Calcareous clay and sand
250-370 meters (820 and 1,215 feet) above sea level
5,000-6,000 plants per hectare
71 -75 quintals per hectare
Age of vines:
15-30 years old
Time of harvest:
Mid to late September
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Brilliant ruby red in color with violet reflections. The nose has generous aromas of small red berries, floral fragrances as well as carob, licorice and spice. On the palate, the wine has fresh acidity, rich fruity flavors, mineral notes, and vibrant tannins.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Pairs well with grilled meat, roasts, game and aged cheese.
Alcohol cont.: 13% by vol.