2020 Fondo Antico 'Nene' Nero d'Avola, Sicilia DOC, Italy (750ml)
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Inky purple color. Aromas of sweet red berries, fresh basil and violet. The palate shows ﬂavors of black ﬁg, Rainer cherry and a symphony of red bramble fruits. Light body with some dusty tannins on the ﬁnish.
This estate, owned by the Polizzotti-Scuderi family since the early 1800s, was originally dedicated to the cultivation of wheat and cotton. Around 1920 the ﬁrst vineyards were planted, and the family started to produce wine. From 1960 when Giuseppe Polizzotti took over the management of the estate, the annual harvest had been shared amongst the local wine cooperatives. In 1995 he decided to transition to estate production, and Fondo Antico was born.
Tradition and heritage combined with knowledge of the terroir and state-of-the-art production techniques contributed to the winery becoming what it is today. 80 hectares of vineyards are planted to several indigenous varieties (Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Inzolia, Grecanico, Zibibbo), and a handful of carefully selected international varietals, all surrounded by prickly pears, olive trees and lemon groves.
This lovely bottling was named Nenè, ater the protagonist of the story Il Mare Colore Del Vino (The Wine Dark Sea) by Leonardo Sciascia. 100% organically grown Nero d'Avola, the grapes were carefully harvested by hand and viniﬁed and aged in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.