@ Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2011
A great way to start the New Year with passion and enthusiasm!
This is the first international award for Albamarina, our passito made with Catarratto, whose grapes are dried naturally on the vine after a thorough stem twisting.
A pleasant and fresh wine, Albamarina (Ocean’s Dawn) is our tribute to the extraordinary territory where we live and work, which is deeply influenced by the Mediterranean Sea: as a matter of fact, Menfi has been awarded the Blue Flag for 15 years, thanks to its uncontaminated waters and to its beautiful sandy beaches, covered with dwarf palms and sea lilies.
Catarratto is a white grape widely planted in Sicily, where it has been grown since the Greek colonization.
We know several varieties of Catarratto: the one that we use for Albamarina is called Catarratto lucido (glossy), whose grapes give birth to full bodied, elegant and complex wines, rich in aromas and acidity. This variety is also used to make Marsala, the most ancient DOC wine of Sicily.
Our interpretation of Catarratto focuses on its attitude to preserve great freshness and pleasantness even after over-ripening and a long refining.
An impressive dessert wine, Albamarina complements perfectly all Sicilian patisserie, from almonds cookies to the world famous Cassata and Cannoli di ricotta, but is also a surprisingly interesting aperitif, matching smoked fish, blue cheese, foie gras, pistachios or toasted almonds.