Bonavita, Faro DOC 2017Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Nocera
The small holding of Bonavita has been in the family of Giovanni Scarfone for more than 100 years in the small region of Faro, which is northeast of Etna. After studying agriculture at school in Bologna, Giovanni opted to return and put to practice what he had learned. He converted his vineyards to organic, even though his father and grandfather never used chemicals anyway. Before the 2006 vintage, only the family consumed the wines made on the farm. The vineyards sit atop a large hill in the town of Faro. Lower down the hill is the family’s garage doubling as a wine cellar. The family creates wines reminiscent of Etna Rosso, although at a lower altitude and with the addition of the Nocera variety to add acidity.
Only 7000 bottles of this wine are made. The fermentation takes place in both oak and steel with a long maceration of the skins anywhere from 20-60 days. The juice ages in a mix of smaller 30 liter oak barrels, steel, and cement for two years, and then another year in the bottle before its release.
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosso Feudo 2016Regular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
The small production ‘Feudo' is a singe cru, or contrada.
200 cases produced
6 Hectares, 650-670M
60-65 yr old vines
Bonavita, Rosato Terre Siciliane 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine making wine on a large peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Faro is just that, jutting out into the Strait of Messina. Even if you are Italian, this is a wine region very few people have ever heard of and rarely have the opportunity to taste, since only five wineries are located on the Peninsula. The explosive popularity of the wines of Mount Etna just to the south has taken the wine world by storm over the last few years. Now the wines from surrounding regions are gaining attention for their quality and personality. Giovanni Scarfone is the owner and winemaker for Bonavita. His focus is organic farming on the hill behind the main village of Faro. The high winds from the Strait of Messina protect the wines from the heat, and the end product is something extraordinary
Centopassi, Terre Siciliane Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2015Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese and Nocera
Centopassi is the winemaking entity of the Consorzio Libera Terra Mediterraneo Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, a group of social co-operatives that cultivate lands seized from the mafia in Sicily. The cooperative oversees 94 hectares of vineyard area. Giovanni Ascione of Nanni Copè oversees the winemaking operation. The Upper Belice Corleonese area is particularly well suited to producing high-quality wines. Limestone peaks pop up along the highlands, and Mediterranean breezes keep the vines healthy. These high-altitude vines produce elegant, fresh, drinkable wines. In January, Decanter magazine said “On Sicily, Centopassi is the star. Not only does it make excellent, high-altitude wine, but it does so with grapes grown on land once owned by the Sicilian mafia...It’s remarkable what altitude can do.”
On the southern outskirts of the city Palermo is the village of Corleone—here the Belice Corleonese plateau harbors the isolated vineyard of “Portella della Ginestra” vineyard.
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2016Regular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine owning vineyards on the foothills of an active volcano. Nutty though it may seem, to winemaker Giuseppe Russo, it’s just a way of life. Some lava flow is so recent you can’t even plant on it! The vineyards are very high nearing 800 feet above sea level, often using narrow terraces held up by stone walls. The vines must survive in these mineral-rich soils, which thrive considering there is often no rain in summer. Many of the vineyards are surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves, all whilst growing at the base of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna.
The small production ‘San Lorenzo' is a singe cru, or contrada.
300 cases produced
8 Hectares, 750-780
Monte Bernardi, Italia Ti AdoroRegular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Frappato, Nerello Mascalese, Nero D'Avola, Montepulciano.
"Italia ti adoro” is classified as a Vino Rosso, but winemaker Michael Schmelzer calls it, unofficially, his IGT Italia. The “Italia Ti Adoro” comes in 6-Packs with three differently colored labels in each box. Schmelzer has created a celebration of all things Italian, but really he celebrates ITALIAN WINE, whose native grapes offer generosity, uniqueness and an inherent drinkability. In this spirit, Monte Bernardi
offers up an everyday wine, bottled in a new Italian “Flask” or “Fiasco”, to share with family and friends. Make Italian wine an integral part of every meal!
Dark spices combine with fresh berry fruits to create a wine with accessibility and a beguiling complexity.