Tenuta Rapitalà / Sicilia Nero d'Avola Campo Reale 2018 / 750mL
Grape: Nero d'Avola
Geography: Sicily, Italy
Rapitalà, “Beautiful Garden of God”, lies between the towns of Camporeale and Alcamo, in the northwest corner of Sicily. In 1968 French Count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, married Gigi Guarrasi, a descendant of a great family from Palermo. With her, he engaged in a passionate and courageous adventure: the renovation of the cellars and vineyards of Tenuta Rapitalà, an estate that had been destroyed by the Belice Valley earthquake of 1968 and which the couple inherited from the Guarrasi family. Count Hugues and his wife devoted themselves to the viticultural re-organization of the vineyards and it was at this point that he introduced French varietals to Sicilian terroir, a project never before taken-on by another Sicilian winemaking estate. In 1976, the first harvest destined for bottling was made and Tenuta Rapitalà soon became a leader of the quality revolution in Sicilian oenology. Today, the work started by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi, is carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion.
Rapitalà strives to craft wines that exhibit the bold flavors and Mediterranean aromas intrinsic to the Sicilian terroir. These wines, like Sicily itself, are the fruit of a marriage of cultures and are marked by French elegance and finesse and Sicilian passion and soul, vintage after vintage since 1976.
Wine Spectator - 87 Points
"Hints of smoke and cured tobacco underscore the red and black currant fruit of this balanced, light- to medium-bodied red. Offers a subtle finish, with light tannins. Drink now through 2020."
Wine Enthusiast - 87 Pointsr
This early-drinking Nero d'Avola opens with ripe black-skinned fruit, tilled soil and cooking spice aromas. Straightforward and savory, it delivers black cherry, blackberry and ground pepper flavors alongside round tannins.