NV Madaudo 'GRILLO CUVÉE' Spumante Extra Dry, Sicilia DOC, Italy (750ml)

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Rosario Madaudo's legacy of wine started with a small farm back in 1945, when his great-grandfather began working their first vines in Villafranca Tirrena, a small, coastal commune in the northeast corner of Sicily. Returning home from school, in Milano, where he studied both economics and achieved a master’s degree in food and wine communications, Rosario was inspired by how his elders had grown the small family business, expanding production far beyond the previous generation. Joining his father, Alfio, and his uncle, Andrea, in running the enterprise was the logical next step. Today they have 20 hectares on the north slope of Mt. Etna, 40 hectares in Agrigento (on the other side of the island), and a modern sparkling wine bar, adjacent to the winery. Truly a family affair, Rosario works alongside his younger brother, Giuseppe, cousins Maria Pia and Cristina, and also his wife Alda, whom he met in school in Milan.

Sparkling wine—or vino spumante—is the mainstay of the Cantine Madaudo portfolio. It was no wonder then that they chose to engage famed enologist, Vito Giovinco, who specializes in Sicilian bubbly and, as it happens, himself owns vineyards in the same areas as the Madaudo family. Together, they produce a wide array of bubbles, in both the traditional and Charmat methods. This wine is 100% Grillo grown in the high, warm hills of the Agrigento region. After primary fermentation, the base wine was transported to the bottling facility in Messina for the secondary fermentation, which took place in a pressurized tank.

Classic aromas of tropical fruit with a savory herbal note. The palate is surprisingly refined with a fine bead and seductive flavors of passion fruit, star fruit and green plum, with just a touch of sweet herbs. Remarkably textural, yet effervescent, this unique bottling is refreshingly fruity, with wonderful acidity and a lovely mineral finish.

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