Rosso del Conte Contea di Sclafani DOC 2011

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In the late 1960s, founder Count Giuseppe Tasca decided to create a special reserve of Regaleali Rosso.  He wanted to make a truly Sicilian wine that could age like the great international red blends such as Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After selecting the fruit from the best parcels and experimenting with careful oak treatment (something unheard of in Sicily at that time), Rosso del Conte was born. Today, Rosso del Conte still stands as a revered icon among Sicilian reds and continues to be made from the very best selections of the old-vine estate vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, this wine offers enticing aromas of Marasca cherries and herbs with undertones of vanilla and tobacco. On the palate, silky tannins and a rich body culminate in a long, flavorful finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with grilled steaks, Bordelaise sauces, rack of lamb, and rumaki.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Contea di Sclafani DOC
Vineyard name:
Girato, Cozzo Ginestre
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method:
Guyot Cordon Spur-pruned
Elevation:
2,145 feet
Vines/acre:
1,600
Yield/acre:
2.1 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
2000
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
1970
Bottles produced of this wine:
35,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
64% Nero d'Avola, 36% other local grapes
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
9 days
Fermentation temperature:
68-82 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
20 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French: Allier and Tronçais
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
2.0 g/L
Acidity:
6.5 g/L
Dry extract:
35.2 g/L

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