Valle dell'Acate

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Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Ragusa, Sicily
People: Gaetana Jacono, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC Login WA 90 AG 90 In Stock
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Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC Login WA 90 AG 93 In Stock
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Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Tenuta Ibidini' Nero d'Avola, Sicilia DOC Login <1 Case
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Valle dell'Acate 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG Login WS 87 AG 92+ In Stock

Media Links
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads
Wine Enthusiast: Red-Hot Sicily's Top Wine Regions
The Boston Globe: The next generation of Sicilian winemakers
James Suckling: Wines from Sicily - Valle dell'Acate Frappato

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The Sicilian winery of Valle dell’Acate has a long and storied history amongst the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily’s famous blood oranges.

Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono (sixth generation), many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, which are farmed organically. With the same love that tied her ancestors to the vines, along with marked entrepreneurial insight, Gaetana has devoted herself to the production of Sicilian wines - a production that has earned great recognition, even on the international scene.

The estate produces one of the finest examples of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, traditionally Sicily’s greatest wine. Cerasuolo di Vittoria was the first red wine in all of Sicily to achieve DOCG status, and to this day it continues to be one of Sicily’s greatest reds. The estate’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is made of a blend of seventy percent Nero d’Avola and thirty percent Frappato, with the Nero d’Avola spending time in predominantly used barrique prior to bottling. The wine receives eight to nine more months of aging in bottle prior to release, allowing for the traditionally broad and velvety style of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to emerge prior to release. This is a full-bodied and complex wine, combining the dark spice notes of Nero d’Avola with the high-toned floral aspects of the Frappato. This harmonious blend displays supple tannins and sound acids to keep the wine fresh and bouncy on the palate. Valle dell'Acate wines have shown themselves to be an authentic expression of the history and character of this land.

From Vinous 12/2016
"An important, historic estate owned by the Jacono and Ferrero families and led brilliantly today by Gaetana Jacono and Francesco Ferrero, Valle dell’Acate has gone from strength to strength over the years. The Frappato is a marvelous medium-bodied, fresh, perfumed red and the Cerasuolo di Vittoria is also a standout this year."

From Wine Advocate 2/2013
"Valle dell’Acate’s lineup is full of reasonably priced wines full of varietal and regional character. It is impossible to go wrong with any of these flavorful offerings."


From Gambero Rosso 2012
“Valle dell’Acate has been considered one of the best wine areas in Sicily since it was colonized by the Greeks, who probably introduced the bush-training system still widely used in the area. The Jacono family estate, with Tania as its driving force, has worked in the birthplace of Nero d’Avola for six generations now. The winery continues to support native grape varieties and promote the local area through the eco-sustainable production of fine quality wines.”

Reviews

  • Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (7/18/2016)

    Valle dell'Acate really nails it with the 2015 Sicilia Grillo Zagra. Grillo is the Sicilian grape of the moment and this expression is extremely buoyant, vibrant and bright. Floral tones of honeysuckle and lemon blossom segue to dryer tones of white mineral and crushed oyster shell. The vineyards, with dense yellow soils, are located near the Mediterranean sea and benefit from sea breezes and steep temperature shifts. Zagra is an excellent value buy.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (7/18/2016)

    This is a wine I enjoy regularly at home because it delivers consistent, easy-drinking satisfaction at a good value price. The 2015 Vittoria Frappato Il Frappato is an elegant and streamlined wine that offers a pretty bouquet of wild berry, cranberry, herb and blue flowers. The Frappato grape is very influenced by the soils it is planted on. Valle dell'Acate has taken care to dedicate its vineyard plots with thin, sandy soils where the roots can extend far underground to this delicate variety. The grape delivers a good dose of natural acidity and you will notice that sourness on the finish.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (12/14/2016)

    Luminous yellow. Spicy, fragrant aromas of lemon, fresh herbs, tangerine oil and iris. Fresh, juicy and concentrated, offering vibrant citrus and herbal flavors, plus hints of iodine and quinine. The long, floral finish has outstanding focus and energy.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2015 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/14/2016)

    Bright dark ruby. Piercing, perfumed aromas of red cherry, candied plum, licorice and violet, complicated by peppery spices. Tangy and sharply delineated, delivering terrific cut and clarity to vibrant red berry flavors lifted by herbs and pepper. Finishes brightly tannic and long, offering lingering licorice and plum echoes. Knockout wine that can be enjoyed slightly chilled.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (12/1/2016)

    This balanced red has a supple frame, this offers delicate flavors of ripe cherry, plum, dried marjoram and spice box. Light tannins show on the subtle finish.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (12/14/2016)

    Bright red-ruby. Delicately smoky aromas of red fruits, plum, camphor and herbs, lifted by a bright floral nuance. Enters plush and gentle, then a little tighter in the middle, showing very good focus to the plum and black cherry flavors. A pliant, shapely wine with outstanding sweetness, inner-mouth floral perfume and fine-grained tannins.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2016 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/14/2017)

    Pale straw. Clean fresh and deep aromas of grapefruit, sage and fennel complicate notes of white peach apple and pear; strikes me as a very complex nose. Then rich, dense and suave but very well delineated and vibrant on the long, juicy and mineral back end. 100% Grillo grown on clay-sandy soils near the sea, this is a knockout wine, one of the best I have tasted from Valle dell’Acate in recent times.