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Hope Chest Wine Tasting Wine Notes

We will be pouring wines made by women wine makers! 

Here are a few notes about the wine maker and the wine they made:


To the question why are Sicilian wines hitting their stride in a big way, Eric Asimov says: "Partly, it's a result of a new, energetic generation of wine producers who embraced the island's indigenous grapes at a time when many regions were looking past their heritages to capitalize on the world's taste for international grapes like chardonnay,merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. As a result, Sicily's new wave wines immediately stood out as distinctive cultural emblems."


Gaetana Jacono: Grillo Zagra 

Valle dell'Acate has a long and storied history among the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily. Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono, many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, farmed organically. 

Tasting Notes: Zagra is 70% Grillo and 30% Inzolia, both grapes indigenous to Sicily. Aged four months in steel tanks rather than oak gives this wine an unparalleled crispness. light in color, Zagra presents a white flower bouquet of citrus fruit and wild rose on the nose.  On the palate, the wine offers juicy apricots, peaches and jasmine. Fresh and dry, the wine is well structured with notable acidity and balance and a sting multi dimensional finish. Wine Advocate, calling this wine "stunning" awarded 91 points


Zolo Viognier

"Best Buy" says "Wine and Spirits." This accolaide follows a long line of praise for ZOLO Torrontes. "Wine Enthusiast" called the 2008, 2009 an 2011 a "Best Buy." And over the years, ZOLO Torrontes has received praise from critics across the wine world including "The Wall Street Journal" and Robert Parker.  Medium straw in color, the nose is an array of citrus including lime, white flowers and tropical fruit. The taste is ripe, dry and restrained, with notes of pear and dried orange peel. The finish is crisp! 



"Sicily is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world," Eric Asimov, August 14, 2013

Gaetana Jacono: 2012 Vittoria Frappato, Valle dell'Acate

Another Gaetana Jacono Wine! Valle dell'Acate Il Frappato is a beautiful new red wine gem from Sicily made from 100% Frappato. 

Best Value at $19 !! says Eric Asimov of The New York Times. $16.49 @MetroWines. Eric describes the wine this way: "Bright, floral and harmonious, with an attractive tension between bitter and sweet flavors."

Tasting Notes: Valle dell'Acate Il Frappato is light-medium in body. It is light ruby in color with a fragrant, exuberant bouquet of intense blueberry, blackberry and raspberry notes. Its flavors are bright and fresh, with strawberries lingering on the palate. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain this varietal's lively red-fruited, highly-aromatic and floral profile, then aged for 6 months in steel tanks followed by 3 months in bottle. It is rich and smooth with a long, polished finish. Suggested retail is $19 and we sell it for $16.49!


Daniella Rocca: Rosso di Rocca

The Italian estate used to be run the grandfather and then the dad, who passed away a few years back. Since that time the three Rocca daughters have taken over all the duties.  

Tasting Notes: A blend of the traditional Northwestern Italian grapes Nebbiolo (80%), Barbera (10%) and the less traditional Cabernet, this table wine doesn't qualify for a vintage label, but the back label discreetly discloses "2004 harvest." Clear dark garnet in color, it shows dried-fruit and floral notes, a combination oddly but pleasantly reminiscent of hard candies. Simple and fresh on the palate, red fruit is shaped by tart acidity; 


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