Marsala Superiore Oro "Vigna La Miccia"


100% Grillo. “La Miccia” is the sweetest, shortest-aged version of a De Bartoli marsala wine and the only one not oxidative in style. As for all of their marsalas, it is made exclusively with organic, hand-harvested, estate Grillo—all parts of that are a rarity for any marsala. The bunches are gently pressed and the must fermented spontaneously (though in steel tanks, rather than in wood vats like for the others). Also like for the other future marsalas, the young wine is fortified with a mistella of Grillo must and Grillo distillate from estate fruit (again, all parts of that are a rarity too). The key difference lies from here on: the wine does not go into a solera system like the eventual Vecchio Samperi and Superiore Riserva-level marsalas—rather, it goes into French oak barrels, where the wine ages for only 4 years with regular topping-up, resulting in fresh, rather than oxidative, style. Residual sugar comes in around 85 grams/liter. The wine is classified as "Superiore" because it meets the 4-year aging standard per the Marsala DOC. 

93 points
"Dusty, floral and seductively sweet, the 2017 Marsala Superiore Oro Riserva Vigna la Miccia makes itself known with a bouquet that blends rich custards with pine shavings and vanilla bean. It’s deeply textural with a balance of ultra-ripe orchard fruits and savory brown spice, all held together by brilliant acidity. Roasted almonds, spiced orange and cocoa hints resonate through the long and beautifully balanced finale. This is a lovely Vigna la Miccia and an excellent introduction to Marsala."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
June 2023

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