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February 2020

Caruso E. Minini: Located on Sicily’s western-most coast near the town of Marsala, Caruso & Minini boasts a history that harks back to the late 1800’s when Antonio Caruso bought the company to grow grapes for the nearby Marsala factories. The company was passed through subsequent generations until Nino Caruso finally decided to begin making and bottling his own wine in the mid 1900’s. In 2004, Stefano Caruso joined forces with Mario Minini of Lombardy to launch the present-day winery, producing wines from indigenous Sicilian varietals such as Catarratto, Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Inzolia, and Nerello Mascalese. Today, Stefano’s daughter Giovanna works closely with her father to head up this historic winery. The winery now boasts 120 hectares at 200-400 meters above sea level, including 5 hectares that are farmed organically and dedicated to Giovanna Caruso’s BIO project. Located 20 kilometers from the sea, the area is cooled by strong winds, yet is far enough from them to avoid any potential damage. The area, which was under water millions of years ago, is characterized by its alluvial soil, rich in water and organic substances. Most notable are the large stones called cuti in local dialect. The softball-sized cuti not only impart a distinct minerality on the grapes grown in them, but also soak up heat from the sun which they transfer to the vines, allowing for an earlier ripening of the grapes thus making harvest possible at a stage which will allow for higher acidity in the wines.

Terre di Giumara Frappato Nerello Mascalese: Carefully picked by hand. The maceration and fermentation of the destemmed grapes in stainless steel tanks occurs at controlled temperature of 25°C for 15-20 days. It then undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged 30% in large 225 Liter barriques for 4 months, and the balance is aged in stainless steel tanks for 8 months. This blend reaches perfect equilibrium between the notable tannins of the Nerello Mascalese and the lower tannins of the Frappato

Varietal: Undisclosed amounts of Frappato & Nerello Mascalese

Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting Notes(from the producer): This blend reaches perfect equilibrium between the notable tannins of the Nerello Mascalese and the low tannins content of Frappato. Light refreshing wine with a full bouquet. Notes of spices and wild berries. Notable acidity.

Food Pairings: Perfectly matched to both fish and meat; can also be paired with medium-aged cheeses.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Yummy, deep, and dense; loaded with intensity. Best served with spicy and barbecued foods.

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