2020 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia "Didyme" Isola di Salina-Sicily, Italy

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2020 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia "Didyme" Isola di Salina-Sicily, Italy
93 Points
Aromas of apples, lemons, beeswax, thyme, white pepper and acacia honey. It's medium-to full-bodied with fresh acidity. Layered, mineral and complex. Flavorful and long. Drink or hold. - James Suckling

A pure expression of Malvasia, the Tenuta Capofaro 2020 Malvasia Didyme is the more "Sicilian" of these two dry expressions of the grape made by the Tasca family. By that I mean the wine is more exuberant and Baroque in personality with lifted aromas of sweet orange blossom, candied fruit and a touch of wild sage or salty sea breeze. The name Didyme is inspired by the ancient Greek word for "twins" because the island of Salina is distinguished by twin peaks: the Fossa delle Felci (at 962 meters above sea level) and Monte Porri (at 860 meters in elevation).'
-Monica Larner 11.4.21

92 points
Pungently fresh wild flowers and ginger lift up from the 2020 Malvasia Didyme, nicely contrasted by an enriching note of brown spice. This is silky and enveloping, matched by a pleasant inner sweetness yet still completely fresh and balanced, with ripe orchard fruits
and minerals giving way to pretty inner florals. There's a lingering salty element mingling with the tropical citrus notes that resonate through
the finale, and this keeps me coming back to the glass again and again. The 2020 is abeautiful rendition of Didyme.
- Eric Guido 6.2021

Tenuta Capofaro’s Didyme is grown on the beautiful island of Salina, a member of the Lipari (Aeolian) Islands north of mainland Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ancient Greeks called the island Didyme, which translates as “twins,” referring to the pair of extinct volcanoes that created the island. The wine is made from Malvasia di Lipari, a leading light in the Malvasia group of grape varieties. It is a dry aromatic wine that showcases this variety in its purest form, expressing the essence of the volcanic territory.

Malvasia is one of the grape names that has been applied rather indiscriminately to a number of sort-of-similar but unrelated aromatic grape varieties. Among the gaggle of more than a dozen different Malvasias, one of the most respected examples is known as Malvasia di Lipari, named after a small island off the northeast corner of Sicily. Lipari is the largest of eight isles in this area collectively known as the Lipari Islands or, more often, the Aeolian Islands.The Aeolian Islands are known for their volcanism—two of the islands, Vulcano and Stromboli, are still active volcanoes—which has earned them a place on the World Heritage list. They are also known for a delicious sweet dessert wine made from the indigenous Malvasia di Lipari, a large portion of which is consumed by the thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the islands’ beautiful beaches and sunshine in the summer.

The most attractive of the Aeolians is the island of Salina (where much of the movie Il Postino was filmed). The noble Tasca d’Almerita family, which has been at the forefront of production and research in Sicily’s wine industry since 1830, acquired 12 acres of vines in Malfa on the northeast point of Salina. The spot is called Capofaro, meaning Lighthouse Cape, and indeed an important lighthouse stands next to the vines, guiding the numerous inter island ferries and other boats around the headland.

At the time of purchase, the vineyards were planted with 30-year-old Malvasia vines, of which Tasca d’Almerita  kept the healthy ones and filled in with new plantings. Modern viticultural practices were introduced with a particular goal of better protecting the grapes from sun and wind damage to maintain fresh flavors and aromas. Dydime is an atypical Malvasia made with fresh grapes and finished to dryness.Capofaro is not a traditional Malvasia delle Lipari DOC wine, which requires a small addition of a grape called Corinto Nero. Tasca d’Almerita prefers the pure expression of Malvasia and therefore the 100% Malvasia wine is made under the auspices of IGP Salina.

Producer Name: Tenuta Capofaro/ Tasca d’Almerita
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: island of Salina off the northeastern Sicilian coast
Appellation: IGP Salina
Grape Varietals: 100% Malvasia
Vintage: 2020
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium-bodied Aromatic Dry White Wine
Viticultural Features: Sustainable farming (SOStain and VIVA certified), Predominantly volcanic sand, 14-43 years (planted 1975 and 2004).
Winemaking Techniques: Stainless-steel tanks, 4 months on the lees
Winemaker: Laura Orsi
ABV: 13.5
Pack/Size: 6/750
Container Type: Bordeaux style bottle
Closure Style: cork

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