The wines I'm sharing with you today are made from the malvasia grape from Tasca d'Almerita on the island of Sicily. This was my first stop of the day and I was greeted by co-owner of the winery and VP, Giuseppe Tasca. Giuseppe, along with his brother Alberto and father Count Lucia Tasca, manage the operations of the winery today. Giuseppe greeted me with such enthusiasm and was so proud to tell me the history of his family and the estates that they own. He walked me through all his pictures and explained the differences between the 5 farms, known as tenuta, and how the expressions of the grape varieties differ from the variety of landscapes that they're grown on. Those 5 estates include
- Tenuta Capofaro (Salina)
- Tenuta Tascante (Mt. Etna)
- Tenuta Whitaker (Mozia)
- Tenuta Regaleali (DOC Sclafani county)
- Sallier de la Tour (Palermo province)
Giuseppe was showing me pictures of the resort that guests can stay at on their estate. Looked like heaven to me! They purchased this estate back in 2002 and at the time majority of the hectares were already planted with malvasia, but they restructured some of the vineyard and kept the best quality vines.
The 2 wines I tasted were the 2016 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Passito called "CapoFaro" and the 2017 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Didyme. I hope you have an opportunity to taste these wines and to experience malvasia in its different styles.
2016 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Passito "CapoFaro" Salina IGT made of 100% malvasia. These malvasia grapes are dehydrated indoors, concentrating the sugars in the grapes. They're fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months. The wine showed a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity without the heavy viscosity of other dessert wines. Beautiful notes of honey and peaches. SRP $38 (wine-searcher)
2017 Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Didime Salina IGT made also with 100% malvasia. This wine is named after the old name of the island "Didyme". A light-bodied dry wine that is crisp, elegant, showing nice minerality and acidity combined with some citrus, flowers and herb notes. SRP $16 (wine-searcher)
Happy Memorial weekend to everyone!
*Pictures and information sourced from Jarvis Communications and Tasca d'Almerita.