Gulfi Sicilian Bianco Carricante "Carjcanti " Sicily, Italy 2016

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Third-generation Gulfi co-owners Matteo and Raffaele Catania stand apart from other Sicilian winemakers because of their dedication to the production of nero d'avolas that beautifully express their unique terroir, characterized by clay and calcerous, well-drained soils, abundant sunshine, Mediterranean climate, and proximity to the sea. Their estate in Pachino is located in the Province of Siracusa on the southeastern tip of the island. The region is known for its tomatoes, but it deserves props as a source of "grand cru" quality wines well.

Carricante (written on the label as Carjcanti) is an indigenous varietal to Sicily associated with the white wines of Mt.Etna. This bottling from the Gulfi winery is from the Monte Iblei area of southeastern Sicily, where they cultivate Carricante from a super small 1.5 hectare vineyard.


90+ points, Wine Spectator:
This wine from Gulfi offers a fascinating taste of Carricante grown in the limestone clay soils of the Vigna Campo in Chiaramonte Gulfi (in the area of Ragusa in southeast Sicily) as opposed to the volcanic soils of Etna. The 2016 Carjcanti offers a whole new perspective on the grape. This slightly aged expression (the wine rests on the fine lees for one year in both oak casks and steel vats) is surprisingly linear, luminous and sharp. I would have expected more heft and concentration; however, this wine is delightfully light on its feet. That extra aging time has served to make it tight and tonic, and these are encouraging characteristics for those who might want to experiment with some modest cellar aging before popping the cork. At this stage, Carjcanti offers aromas of lemon zest, Granny Smith apple and crushed granite. Annual production ranges from 10,000 to 12,000 bottles made. (7/31/19)

Producer Name: Gulfi
Old/New World: Old
Country of Origin: Sicily
Region: Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa) – Monti Iblei
Appellation: Sicilia Carricanti
Quality Designation: DOC
Grape Varietals: Carricante
Vintage: 2016
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body White
Viticultural Features: ORGANIC
Winemaker: siblings Matteo and Raffaele Catania
ABV: 13%
Pack/Size: 12/750
Container Type: Burgundy-style glass bottle
Closure Style: cork

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