The Don Pietro Rosso from the renowned organic wine producer Dei Principi di Spadafora is a lovely deep ruby red wine made from a blend of the indigenous Nero d’Avola grape and the international Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes grown in the hilly area around Monreale to the southwest of Palermo. It is an elegant and mature fruity wine, harmonious, round and persistent with firm tannins.
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|Producer||Dei Principi di Spadafora|
|Classification||Terre Siciliane I.G.P.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||40% Nero d’Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot.|
|Maturation||12 months in cement vats and 12 months in the bottles.|
|Bouquet||Rich, intense and fruity.|
|Taste||Harmonious, round and persistent. Firm tannins.|
|Pairs with||Roasted or grilled meats and cheeses. Serve at ~18°C.|
The noble Spadafora family has been producing wine for decades, but it was only in the 1990’ies that the family decided to begin bottling and marketing of the wine grown on the estate, where previously the wine has been sold in bulk. After testing and tasting the wines produced, the current owner Francesco Spadafora decided in 1993 that the estate should only produce wine from grapes grown on his land. Today the winery has 95 hectares of vineyards around Monreale growing both indigenous and international grapes.
The vines for the Don Pietro Rosso red wine have an age of 10-20 years and grow in the sandy and clay vineyards in contrada Virzì in Monreale to the southwest of Palermo in western Sicily. The grapes are grown at an altitude of 250 m in an area subject to a temperature variation of 10-15°C between day and night which improves the maturation and the acid-sugar balance in the grapes. The manual harvest of the grapes takes place in mid-September. The maceration and fermentation took place in cement vats for 10 days. The wine matured for 12 months in the cement vats and 12 months in the bottles.
Longevity 3-5 years