2021 Fondo Antico Grillo Parlante, Sicilia DOC, Italy (750ml)

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The estate, owned by the Polizzotti-Scuderi family since the early 1800s, was originally dedicated to the cultivation of wheat and cotton. Around 1920 the first vineyards were planted, and the family started to produce wine. From 1960 when Giuseppe Polizzotti took over the management of the estate, the annual harvest had been shared amongst the local wine cooperatives; but in 1995 he decided to stop and produce an estate wine—Fondo Antico was born.

Tradition and heritage combined with knowledge of the terroir and state-of-the-art production techniques contributed to the winery becoming what it is today; the estate boasts 80 hectares of vineyards planted to several indigenous varieties (Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Inzolia, Grecanico, Zibibbo), and a handful of carefully selected international varietals, all surrounded by prickly pears, olive trees and lemon groves.

A play on words, Grillo Parlante is Italian for “talking cricket” (Pinocchio’s Jiminy Cricket). 100% Grillo, the grapes were hand-harvested, gently pressed, then vinified and aged in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks.

Pale yellow with green highlights. Delicate vegetal aromatics of celery mingled with tropical and citrus fruits. On the palate, the wine shows flavors of Meyer lemon, honeydew melon and papaya. The finish is juicy with a soft, dusty mineral note.

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