Salina Rosso Antonello IGT Salina

A blend of Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese, and Corinto Nero from elevated vineyards located in Salina and Vulcano, with excellent exposure and volcanic soil. This exquisite red was named after one of Italy’s greatest fifteenth-century painters, Antonello da Messina (the Aeolian Islands all belong to the province of Messina, the artist’s hometown). The portrait on the Rosso Antonello bottles is a replica of the original painting by Antonello da Messina. It was for centuries one of the world’s lost masterpieces. Until it was fortuitously found in the 1800s on the island of Lipari – in a local drugstore, where it had been used as a cupboard door!
After lengthy maceration on its skins, the wine ages in barrique and in bottle. Elegant and layered aromas of fruit and sweet spices; fully-bodied, with a mineral backbone. A lovely bottle now, even better after a few years.


Wine exported to

Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2014 | Wine Advocate88
  • 2012 | Wine Enthusiast89
  • 2012 | James Suckling91
Grape Varieties:

60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Nerello Mascalese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

6 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

20 °C (68 °F)

Maceration technique:

Skin contact

Length of maceration:

6 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225L

Container age:

3y

Type of oak:

French oak

Bottling period:

March/April

Aging before bottling:

36 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

NO

Vineyard name:

VALDICHIESA

Vineyard location:

On the islands of Salina, off the coast of Sicily

Vineyard size:

12 hectares (30 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil

Vine training:

Espalier

Altitude:

400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

2,025 vines per acre

Yield:

80ql

Exposure:

Northeastern

Years planted:

1994

Age of vines:

25 years old

Time of harvest:

September

First vintage of this wine:

1981

Total yearly production (in bottles):

3,000

Tasting notes:

Ruby red with purple highlights, the wine’s abundant legs and evident viscosity straightaway reveal its good structure and body; an ample, rich bouquet of black cherries and blackberries, with spicy and toasted notes of vanilla, licorice and carob, confirmed on the lush, full, well-balanced, and silky palate with layered, intense and persistent flavors.

Serving temperature:

Best at 14-16 °C (57.2-60.8 °F). Pairs well with red meat.

Food pairings:

Excellent with paired with spicy, flavorful dishes, red meat with sauce, aged cheese, and pasta with meat sauce.

Aging potential:

10 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.: 13,5% by vol.; dry extract: 37; total acidity: 6,2; residual sugar: 3.34 g/L

Winemaker:

Carlo Hauner