Pignatello IGT Terre Siciliane "Rosso di Marco"


100% Pignatello aka Perricone. De Bartoli has a long-term leasse on 2 hectares of Pignatello about 20 km to the east in Alcamo. The vines were planted in the 1992 on clay-loam soils, are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The bunches are destemmed and fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks with occasional punchdowns and pumping-over. The wine is aged in oak for a year, in barrels ranging from 225 liters to 1 hectoliter. It is classified as an IGT Terre Siciliane.

The car on the label honors founder Marco De Bartoli's first career as a race car driver. The "Rosso di Marco" is the estate's only red wine. Marco first made it from Merlot and Cabernet, among the international varieties which swept Sicily in the 1980's; eventually he jettisoned these in favor of the native Perricone/Pignatello (whose name evolved from pignatte, a traditional cooking vessel made from local red pignatiddare clay).


91 points
"Minty herbs, dried strawberries and rum-soaked cherries form a dazzling bouquet as the 2021 Rosso di Marco opens in the glass. This is racy with nervous acidity and ripe wild berry fruits. A staining of violet pastille forms toward the close. It finishes remarkably fresh yet long, blending citrus with exotic spice. The Rosso di Marco, a varietal Pignatello, aims to please, yet I recommend a slight chill before serving."
Eric Guido,
Vinous Media
June 2023

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