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Grape Varieties50% Nero d’Avola 50% Cabernet Franc
- 91 Points
Production areaMenfi, Southwest coast of Sicily
BackgroundMandrarossa wines were born out of a mission for excellence when a team of industry experts joined forces to create high quality wines of both indigenous and international varietals from Sicily to introduce to the world. This team of experts identified top estates that yield the best quality and worked closely with select growers to deliver the truest and highest valued expression of the selected varietals offered by Mandrarossa wines. Ideal microclimatic conditions of intense sunlight, coastal sea breezes and rich chalky soils combine to produce these rich, aromatic wines. Bonera is a beautiful marriage of the indigenous Nero D'Avola with Cabernet Franc hailing from some of the best vineyards in the Agregento region of Sicily, where the rich soils and warm Sicilian sun impart seductive aromas and silky tannins. A careful zoning process identified a few vineyards particularly suitable to produce these varietals. Strict viticultural guidelines and monitoring help to ensure the highest quality. Herbicides and pesticides are prohibited, and harvest only occurs during specific periods designated by a team of wine making experts.
VinificationGrapes are hand-harvested and then de-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel fermenters, where special selected yeast is used. Fermentation takes place for 10 days at a temperature of 77°F. The wine then ages in French oak barriques for 3 to 6 months and spends 6 months in the bottle before it is released.
ColorRuby red with deep shades of purple
NoseIntense hints of red and dried fruit, such as plums, as well as almonds
PalateFull bodied with silky tannins and notes of plum
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.55RS: 3.90 g/LTA: 5.64 g/L
Serving SuggestionsExcellent with aged cheeses and roasted and grilled red meats