Ammasso Rosso Sicilia 2015
Barone Montalto - Ammasso Rosso Sicilia 2015 (88 TSW)
Blend of Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ammasso means a traditional winemaking technique that still today is used to vinify some of the best parcels in Sicily.
The best grapes are hand-picked and placed in single layers of small cases of maximum 5kg each. Grapes are stored for 4 weeks in a controlled temperature fruit chamber room. The natural enzymatic processes develop the peculiar aromas and taste profile. Grapes are gently handled to preserve their delicate balance. The wine rests for 8-10 months in medium toasted oak casks. After 4 months in the bottle, the wine starts showing its best expression.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a dark red color with purple reflections.
On the medium+ nose aromas of blackberries, blueberries and candied fruit with hints of vanilla and smoke.
On the palate dry, medium+ bodied with nice soft and round mouthfeel. The medium acidity makes it pleasant and interesting with medium taninins. Nice and persistent aftertaste.
A fruit driven red best paired with savory meat dishes, baked pasta, and matured cheeses. Serve up to 1 hour after opening.