Type: Red - Sicilia DOC
Alcoholic content: 13-14% alc/vol.
Grapes: Primarily Nero d’Avola blended with other grapes. Trained in the counter-espalier system and pruned in spurred cordon. Average planting density, 5,000 rootstocks per hectare (2,024 an acre); production of about 8.5 tons per hectare (3.4 tons an acre). Terrain of medium consistency.
Wine-making: The grapes are vinified in stainless steel vats and macerated with their skins for 10 days at a temperature of 25-28°C (77-82°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine matures for about 9 months in cement tanks. Bottle refining for at least 6 more months follows.
Description: A fresh and appealing red wine, it offers a fragrant bouquet with intense aromas of red pulp fruits, especially cherries, and flowery notes of roses. The nose is perfectly reflected in the mouth, enlivened by a spicy note and fresh acidity.
Food & Wine: Serve with pasta dishes with meat sauces, elaborate baked pasta dishes and red meats. Try the wine with lightly cooked fresh tuna.
Two dishes: Tonno con polenta (tuna with cornmeal). Cannelloni ai pistilli di zafferano farciti al fegato grasso (pasta tubes flavored with saffron and stuffed with foie gras). "Farsu magru" the traditional meat roll stuffed with eggs, ham, cheese and herbs).
Serve: In goblets of medium size; uncorked at the time of serving; excellent at 16-18°C (61-64°F).
Curiosity: Bearing the family name of Angelica, played by the fascinating Claudia Cardinale in the film "Il Gattopardo" directed by Luchino Visconti, this wine impresses the taster with its solidity and gentility. The label refers to the cellars at Contessa Entellina and the land in which this native vine's roots are deeply planted.