Vino di Anna Rosso "Qvevri Don Alfio" Sicilia 2020
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The Qvevri Don Alfio is the more mature older brother of Jeudi 15. It has a similar flavor profile with a bit more development of flavor and depth. There's a bit more tannic and mineral development as well. On the nose I detected black cherry, bruised and macerated raspberries, with notes of fresh herbs. On the palate I was delighted by the more developed fruit and tannic structure, with racy, lively acid resembling the cherry and raspberry aromas. In one bottle I found a slight tingling of effervescence which i thoroughly enjoyed. There's also something a bit more deep and complex here resembling licorice and bittersweet aperitif's, a bit of savory and salty round out the complexity and balance.
The Qvevri Don Alfio is named after the specific vineyard site and the ancient georgian clay vessel that the wine ferments in. The wine is made from 96% Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio rounding out the last bit of the blend. The grapes are destemmed by hand and placed in a 1000 liter qvevri which is buried underground. The spontaneously ferments with native yeasts and macerates on the skins for one month, after which the wine is pressed off and returned to qvevri to age on fine lees before being bottled without fining or filtration.
-Jeremy Hernandez, January, 2023