Caruso Cutaja Nero d’Avola Riserva 2015
- Nero d' Avola
- Italy, 750ml
On the nose, jam-packed with berries, tobacco and vanilla. On the palate, red and dark berries, fruitcake and spice, tobacco and vanilla. Silky smooth tannins in league with zippy acidity. It's the whole package.
- Winery: Caruso Minini
- Varietal: Nero d'Avola
- Region: Sicily, Italy
- Vintage: 2015
- Alcohol: 14%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
The vineyards are situated in the surroundings of Mazara del Vallo, past the gravel bank of the river. This testifies to the presence of the typical water-rounded stones called “Cuti”. Thus, the name of this wine is derived from the originality of its soil which makes it both unique and special.
Caruso & Minini, two families and two different stories that merge when Stefano Caruso, the third generation of winemakers, meets Mario Minini, owner of a marketing company in Northern Italy. Together, back in 2004, built the foundations of Caruso & Minini, an state of the art winery in Marsala, city at the extreme part of western Sicily. It is an ambitious challenge, which sees as protagonists the Caruso family’s agricultural tradition and the Minini sales expertise. A Winning bet because, to date, wines reach fans in more than 30 countries around the world. Tradition and competence, with a look into the future. In fact, today Stefano is flanked by his two daughters Giovanna and Rosanna who are actively taking part of the daily work at the winery. A management in pink that has brought a breath of freshness among the barrels. An old “Baglio” built in 1904 in the heart of the traditional Marsala’s wine-cellar area, is the home of Caruso & Minini. It is here where the fruits of their vineyards are transformed by a wonderful team of men and women that take care of the process. Their mission statement is indisputable, "pass down to every bottle the values of our tradition creating modern expression of Sicilian wines with devotion to details and emphasis to quality". Giumarella and Cutaja are the names of the family vineyards from where the wines come from. A total of 120 hectares located in the inland of the Trapani province. The highest hills, dedicated to the cultivation of the whites varieties, reach an altitude of 450 meters above sea level, whereas the valley bottom is where the red varieties grow. Every single grapevine was planted following the best combination of exposure, soil and climate. This land hosts local grapes such as Grillo, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia, Zibibbo,Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Perricone as well as some international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot.
- Mundus Vini 2016: gold
- Bibenda 2015: 4 grapes
- I Vini di Veronelli 2015: 91 points
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