Feudo Montoni

Sicily, Italy

Perricone del Core Sicilia DOC — 2018

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  • Introduction

    • Core is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in a vineyard that has always been called, “core,” by the farmers of Montoni. In Sicilian, “core” means heart. In fact, seen from above, the vineyard is the shape of a heart.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
    • Location: Cammarata (Agrigento)
    • Viticulture: Certified Organic
    • Vine Age: 40 year old vines, grafted by hand onto wild plants
    • Soil: Clay and sand
    • Elevation: 500 meters (1,640 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: East facing
    • Density: 4,400 vines per hectare (1,781 vines per acre)
    • Training: Vertical trellis
  • Vintage Report

    • Light rains persisted through spring and into early summer leaving organic farming a challenge with vineyard management and early phenolic development. The constant wind at Montoni helped dry the moisture off the vines and the small, tightly wound berry clusters. Exposure to bright sunshine assisted the vines and fruit to mature beautifully over the growing months of summer and into early fall. In the end, the vintage proved to be at optimal balance of alcohol and acidity; producing wines that are fresh, fine and elegant. The Perricone grapes were harvested in late-October.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in cement containers. Malolactic fermentation takes place completely in cement.
    • Aging: 8 months in cement, 3 months in barrels, 3 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Perricone
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Ruby red in color with light violet reflections. Notes of prune, red fruit preserves, spices and notes of cocoa and licorice. Fresh, soft and round on the palate with tannins that are typical of this variety, well polished.

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Reviews

  • Feudo Montoni Perricone del Core – 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

    Juicy and savory, this has aromas evoking black-skinned berry, crushed mint, carob and a hint of Mediterranean brush. On the linear, taut palate, dusty tannins accompany juicy blackberry, blueberry and almond. Drink through 2023.

  • Feudo Montoni Perricone del Core – 2018 – Vinous – 92 Points

    Dark ruby-red. Clean, precise aromas and flavors of dark cherry, minerals and tar, plus a lively note of violet; strikes me as much darker than in the past. Suave but youthfully chewy, with a dense mouthfeel and a brooding quality on the long back end; this will likely improve with another year in the cellar. Finishes very long and spicy.

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