“Curva Minore” Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, Pianogrillo (2020) - Sicilia
Frappato & Nero d'Avola.
As Sicily's only declared DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria has the reputation of producing some of its finest red wines. Azienda Agricola Pianogrillo is built on the site of a 3rd-century oil mill-cum-Medieval watchtower overlooking cypress trees, vineyards, and olive groves in south-eastern Sicily. There's even a necropolis on the 200-acre property managed today by the last descendant of Baron Lorenzo Piccione di Pianogrillo. How cool is that? It all makes this blend of Nero D'Avola and Frappato (about 50/50) even more enjoyable.
Curva Minore is steel-fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks, aged in old oak, then bottled unfined and lightly filtered with a minimal amount of SO2.
Flavour Profile: Medium-bodied, dry. An elegant Sicilian wine combining aromatics from Frappato and dark smoky fruit from Nero D'Avola. Cherries, blackberry acids, and minerals on a delightful finish. Food pairing :
Pair it with dry salty cheeses, salumi, grilled sausage, pasta dishes, and grilled meats.