Marsala Superiore Oro La Miccia 5-Year
100% Grillo. The Vigna La Miccia Marsala Superiore Oro Riserva is a semi-dry Marsala and the beginning wine of a trio of fortified De Bartoli Marsalas, the others being the 10-Year and the 1987 riserva (as opposed to the other line of un- or barely-fortified ones, Vecchio Samperi and 1988 Vergine Riserva). La Miccia is the youngest of the three and the only one not aged in the solera system. The idea behind the creation of this wine in 1985 was a more modern Marsala, a high-quality but more affordable, approachable version. It is younger, lighter, sweeter and more fruit-forward than any of the entire group of De Bartoli Marsalas.
As with all of De Bartoli's Marsala-style wines, the only grape used is Grillo, grown organically and harvested by hand on the De Bartoli estate in Samperi. Differently from its siblings, the 10-Year and the1987, La Miccia is then fermented in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures to maximize the fruit character. It is fortified and sweetened with mistella, a mixture of De Bartoli Grillo must and brandy. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels which are consistently topped up—thus preventing oxidation—for five years. La Miccia is thus a vintage wine, though not labeled as such. Residual sugar is approximately 70 grams/liter.