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Cantina Horus, Vittoria Frappato “Sole e Terra”Sicily, Italy 2018 (750mL)

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Cantina Horus, Vittoria Frappato “Sole e Terra” Sicily, Italy 2018 (750mL)

“Drinking Frappato is like eating ripe red berries right off the bush. One taste of this and you’ll be hooked for life.”

Cantina Horus is headquartered in the town of Acate, in Sicily’s Ragusa province—which, incidentally, is also the home of the Valle dell’Acate winery, another legendary source of Frappato. And it just so happens that the man who crafted today’s wine is the same one in the cellar at Valle dell’Acate. Giuseppe Romano does not pose for splashy pieces in the New York Times and he isn’t active on Instagram, but he is one of the most experienced, gifted talents when it comes to Vittorian varieties Nero d’Avola and Frappato. So much so that he has earned the nickname “Mister Frappato” in Vittoria.

In the glass, the 2018 Frappato “Sole E Terra” shines a deep, but translucent cherry-red with hints of pink and orange. A fruit-basket of aromas including concentrated wild strawberries, red currants, black cherries, raspberries, rose petals, black pepper, and underbrush. It is light-bodied and refreshing, with bright acid but very soft tannins and refreshingly modest alcohol—a chillable, food-friendly red of the highest order, right up there with our favorite Cru Beaujolais red from villages like Fleurie. Pull the cork on a bottle now (with another one close at hand) and serve it in Burgundy stems with tomato-sauced pastas, sausage pizza, or quick-seared tuna steak. 

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionSicily
  • Sub-RegionVittoria
  • SoilSandy Clay & Limestone
  • FarmingCertified Organic
  • BlendFrappato
  • Alcohol12.5%
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stems
  • DrinkingNow
  • Decanting15-30 Minutes
  • PairingPasta w/ Anchovies & Toasted Breadcrumbs

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