The darkly alluring 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria wafts up with a bouquet of spiced black cherries and licorice lifted by violet floral and hints of camphor. Its silky textures soothe, seeming to coat all that they touch in ripe, textural red and black fruits that then leave a staining of minerality that adds grip toward the close. This finishes long yet clean, with a perfumed air above nicely rounded tannins. The balance here is remarkable, which makes the 2018 a total pleasure to taste.
This wine is made from vineyards standing in the area of the town of Vittoria (south western Sicily) on calcareous soil. Cerasuolo di Vittoria is the only DOCG appellation in Sicily. The DOCG status was awarded in 2005. This wine dates back to 1606 when the town of Vittoria was founded by Vittoria Colonna Henriques, daughter of the viceroy of Sicily. The name “Cerasuolo” is due to the colour of the wine (“cerasa” means cherry in Sicilian dialect) which is cherry red.