2017 Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali 'Leone d'Almerita' Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily, Italy (750 ml)

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The Tasca family has cultivated grapes and made wine for nearly 200 years. The winery is also home to a beautiful villa. (Richard Wagner wrote the third act of Parsifal while a guest at Villa Tasca in 1882.) In 1950, the Agricultural Reform in Italy reshaped their primary holding of the Regaleali estate from 1200 hectares to about 500. Since then, the family has acquired further plots across Southern Italy, expanding their portfolio and cultivating both native and international varietals. The Leone Tasca is representative of their approach to winemaking: a blend of 47% Catarratto, 22% Pinot Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and 11% Gewürztraminer. The blend gives the wine structure, acidity, and delightful aromatics. The vineyards are located on high hills, ranging from 500 to 900 meters above sea level. The cooler temperatures at high altitude helps the grapes to ripen fully while maintaining acidity. Fermentation at about 60 °F in stainless steel preserves the wine’s rich aromatics. Lemon curd, bruised citrus fruit, mandarin orange, and minerality on the nose and palate all make for a wine with excellent depth. The palate is lean, yet the wine lingers with a very long finish.

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