Alessandro is the yin to his wilder brother, Aldo's yang. His style is more clean-cut and precise, and this Grillo is a perfect intro. Great Sicilian wines always seem to transmit the essence of this seductive island; golden lemons, exotic herbs and oceanic salinity are all on display here.
The grapes come from the contrada Pietra Rinosa down the valley (250m) on clayey soils. Alessandro points out that Grillo is a strong variety which adapts easily to drought and consistently delivers quality and quantity. Vines are 15 years old, grapes were harvested early September and directly pressed. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel before early bottling in January. This is the azienda’s flagship, fruit forward with lovely pear skin bitters, it is joyful, fresh, lifted by a citrusy and salty finish.
Alessandro tends 5ha on Mount Bonifato, right up the mountain pass to approx 600-700m altitude, laid over a geological fault with sand on one side and limestone on the other. This complexity of soils as well as abundant underground water and the cool sea breeze make for an extremely qualitative terroir drenched in Sicilian sun.