La Macchiona, La Stoppa, Sicily 2009


A blend of 50% Barbera and 50% Bonarda, the Macchiona cuvée comes from vineyards planted between 20 and 40 years ago on the nutrient-poor clay soils of La Stoppa at altitudes of around 250m above sea-level. The climate here is really warm, hot almost: during the summer, it can be warmer than parts of Sicily. Elena explained that the soils here are poor in nitrogen, although rich in phosphorus and potassium. This results in red wines which can be closed and quite reductive when young. Bottle age is essential for these wines to mellow out and show at their best. 2009 is the current release and we tasted a small vertical of 3 vintages: 2007, 2006 and 2002. (Le Caveau)



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