2018-C Baglio del Cristo di Campobello 'CDC' Rosso, Sicily (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine has a deep, dark red color, complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, rhubarb, cola and black olive, and spices. It has a voluptuous texture with persistent tannin and a hint of black tea on the finish.
For this red blend only fully ripe grapes of Nero d’Avola, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah were hand harvested in small crates. Each varietal was vinified separately in order to preserve their individual characteristics. They used traditional red wine vinification, with maceration on the skins for 10 to 15 days at controlled temperatures and then the final blend was aged for six months in stainless steel tanks and a further six months in bottle.
In the chalky white soils south of the town of Campobello di Licata in the province of Agrigento in Sicily lies the Bonetta family property of Baglio del Cristo di Campobello, meaning “Beautiful Field.” Angelo Bonetta and his sons, Domenico and Carmelo, used to sell bulk wine, but they have revamped their business in the new millennium. In 2000 they planted new vineyards on their 50 hectare property, and in 2006 they opened their new state of the art winery, and released their first vintage in 2009. The 30 hectares of vineyards are mostly planted to Nero d’Avola (60%) and Grillo (25%). The rest are split among Insolia, Catarratto, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. The grapes benefit from the deep calcareous and chalky soils spread over hills that lie between 755 and 885 feet above sea level and just 5 miles from the coast.