CIÀTU

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC
  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • ALICANTE MENFI DOC

    Alicante is a Spanish grape that was introduced in Sicily during the dominations of the XV-XVI centuries. Grown in several Mediterranean regions, it is also known as Garnacha, Grenache and Cannonau.

    I love how the Alicante is influenced by the unique microclimate in Menfi, where the sea brine enhances the grapes' fruity flavors and underlines their natural acidity, enriching the wine's personality with a special saline touch.

    Ciàtu in Sicilian means breath: it is pure love for my land, for the energy of sunshine, for the generosity of the earth, and for the innermost breath of life.

  • The Alicante vineyard that gives birth to Ciatu was planted by my father in 2000, as part of an experimental project of Mediterranean grape varieties historically belonging to the Sicilian heritage but then forgotten over the centuries.
    The Alicante is one of these varieties: brought to Sicily between the XV and the XVI century by the Aragonese, it survives today only in some Sicilian vineyards, many of which are almost or completely abandoned. The most famous vineyard, owned by Gurrida in Messina, is one of the magical places of Sicily, where centuries-old vines of ungrafted Alicante live on sandy and clay soils, close to the Alcantara Gorges.

    A few years after the vineyard was planted, I started to experiment winemaking but the results were quite unsatisfactory. The Sicilian Alicante has, in fact, very thin skins that tend to flake off quite soon during the fermentation, producing a large amount of sediments that can generate severe reduction problems.
    Only after several harvests and after many attempts I found the way: manual punching downs, slow but steady supply of oxygen from the earliest stages of fermentation, drastic reduction of pumping overs, and a lot of patience.

    And so I learnt that air is the key to this wine, a wine that needs to breathe in order to express its potential to the fullest. Thus, the name: in the Sicilian language Ciatu is the act of breathing and the air that keeps us alive, but it also means love, passion, desire.
  • Ciàtu is a hot-blooded, intense wine. It may appear somehow uptight and perhaps skittish at first sip, but it can be extremely generous with those who know how to respect his times and are patient enough to appreciate its slow evolution in the glass, even after several days from the bottle's opening.

    Ciàtu is an inky and impenetrable red wine with a seamless presentation of dark fruit aromas. In terms of flavor, it takes you slightly off guard thanks to a sour point of fresh blackberry that is characteristic of the Alicante grape, and stands out against exotic layers of fine herbs, spices and sea brine. Its captivating palate is juicy and fresh, with smooth silky tannins, a well-integrated acidity and a long finish.

    It is perfect with all roasted red meats and spicy dishes, and it is very interesting with big steamed Mediterranean red fishes: a spicy soup like the Cacciucco toscano, a hot Tunisian couscous, served with fish and vegetables, and a tuna-fish steak are my favorites. It is also a delicious companion to medium-aged cheeses such as Caciocavallo ragusano.

    SERVING TEMPERATURE: 57 - 61 °F
    Ciàtu is not fined, nor filtered, which will benefit its structure and longevity if you follow some basic rules for a greatly satisfying tasting.
    Store the bottle in a horizontal position, and make it stand a few hours before you want to open it, to allow the sediments to collect at the bottom. Please pay attention while pouring the last glass, which is the one where some sediments may deposit.
  • Planted on clay alluvial soils, the Alicante vineyard is located in the eastern part of the Belicello Pozzo area, where the dark grey-green terrain is very deep and fertile. Dominant breezes blow from the sea during the day and from inside the valley overnight, a constant flow that freshens the air temperature during the summer and contributes to prevent humidity.

    The harvest takes place about the end of August, when the Alicante grapes reach a perfect balance between acidity, ripe tannins and great aromatic concentration.

    Taken to the winery immediately after the harvest, the grapes are destemmed and crushed, and the maceration lasts for about two weeks in a 30 hl Slavonian oak tank. Manual punching downs are carried out several times a day until the end of the spontaneous alcoholic fermentation.
    Malolactic is also spontaneous, in very used barriques. After it stops, the wine is delivered back to the oak tank, where it refines for at least six months without any additives or fining agents. Ciàtu is then bottled without any filtration, and will be ready to drink after a minimum of 6 months of aging in the bottle.
  • VHarvest 2016: Wine Advocate 90/100, Wine Enthusiast 89/100
    Harvest 2015: Wine Advocate 90+/100, Slow Wine Vino Slow
    Harvest 2014: L'Espresso 16.5/20

    THE COMMENT OF...
    Monica Larner, on Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Ciàtu Alicante Menfi DOC 2015 | 90+
    With its Quintarelli-style handwritten label, Marilena Barbera hits a new stride with her 2015 Menfi Ciàtu. Unrefined and unfiltered, this is an inky dark and impenetrable red wine with a seamless presentation of dark fruit aromas. In terms of flavor, it takes you slightly off guard thanks to a sour point of fresh blackberry or bitter almond that is characteristic of the Alicante grape.
    That astringency makes for a good contrast against the overall heft and density of the wine.
    This is an extreme wine for resilient palates.
    • grape variety: alicante
    • soil: alluvial clay
    • vineyard's age: 20 years
    • winemaking technique: skin maceration in Slavonian oak tank
    • alcoholic fermentation: spontaneous, with wild yeast
    • malolactic fermentation: spontaneous
    • refining: in 30 hl Slavonian oak tank
    • average production: 4.000 bottles/year


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