CODE: 5230

Sicilia Doc, Frappato "Dumè"


Mazara del Vallo, Agro Mazarese (Sicilia)

Grape variety



Sala family

Grape Variety
Frappato is a variety of likely Iberian origin, naturalized in Sicily. It characterizes wines with a slightly drained color and a marked taste of red fruits. When it is grown in fine soils (calcareous or siliceous) it is able to give red wines of extraordinary finesse and elegance, characterized by balsamic hints such as rosemary and Mediterranean scrub.
The vineyards are in Mazara del Vallo (South-West of Sicily): 110 hectares of vineyards overlooking the sea with a very slight slope. The soil is limestone, of karst origin. The breezes from the sea are continuous. Due to the effect of the sea, during the ripening period there are important thermal inversions between day and night. The vineyards are located within a WWF nature reserve.
The Sala family inherited the plot, once the dowry of one of the great Marsala cellars, from their great-grandmother Dora. Michele, third generation, has maintained the prevalence of cultivation of Grillo, combining it with Nero d’Avola and Frappato. He supported the microclimatic characteristics, favoring plants with a north-south row direction to keep the bunches in the shade for a few hours.
Vinification and finishing
Vinification “in red” with spontaneous start of fermentation and subsequent temperature control. After malolactic fermentation, the wine rests at least six months before bottling.
Tasting notes
Ruby red color, not intense, with violet reflections. Greatly intense aromas of Mediterranean red fruit, including cherries and plums. In the mouth it is very soft and velvety, with a typical vinous taste. Very soft tannins.
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