"Antisa" Catarratto Sicilia DOC 2017

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The word “antisa” refers to the sense of hopeful anticipation that surrounds the production of this wine each year. Although Catarratto is the most ancient and, at one time, was considered to the  most “common” grape in western Sicily, the variety is now becoming rare as vintners favor other, more profitable, varietals. However, with the vines that source this wine planted at nearly 3,000 feet elevation, Antisa Catarratto makes an impression that is anything but common.

About the Vineyard

Antisa Catarratto is sourced from the Regaleali Estate in the center of western Sicily, roughly half way between Caltanisetta and Palermo.  This is one of the best known and most historic states on Sicily. The Catarratto vines that source Antisa grow at some of the highest elevations on this estate.

Wine Production

Antisa Catarratto is fermented in stainless steel tanks from 14-18 days. This wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation, but it does stay 4 months on the lees.  This allows it to maintain mouthwatering acidity yet still have some corpulence on the palate.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant lemon-green, Antisa Catarratto explodes with ripe citrus and and stone fruit blossom. On the palate, the wine is crisp and firm with a pleasant broadness from the lees contact. A clean and balanced finish.

Food Pairing

Outstanding at aperitivo hour or with seafood salad, salt-baked branzino, and a variety of first courses.

Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition:
Calcareous
Training method:
Espalier
Elevation:
1,800-2,000 feet
Vines/acre:
1720
Yield/acre:
4.4 tons
Exposure:
Various
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Catarratto
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
18 days
Fermentation temperature:
57-64 °F
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
4 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %
pH level:
3.2
Residual sugar:
1.3 g/L
Acidity:
5.8 g/L
Dry extract:
19.0 g/L

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