2019-C Baglio del Cristo di Campobello Adenzia Bianco, Sicily (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine has a pale straw hue with lovely scents of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate shows underripe peach, pear, pineapple core and lemon pith. This super modern style wine is crisp and juicy with a distinct wet stone, minerally finish.
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. Last month, we introduced our Wine Club members to this exciting new producer. We are thrilled to again be able to feature another exceptional release from Baglio del Cristo di Campobello.
Grillo and Insolia combine to create something greater than the sum of their parts. After de-stemming and crushing, the grapes were cold macerated at 46-50°F and the free-run juice was separated and decanted, before the must was gently pressed. The wine spent three months on the lees in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and another two months in bottle before being released in February 2020.