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2015
Poggio Anima
'Uriel'
Terre Sicilia IGP

2015
Poggio Anima 
'Uriel'
Terre Sicilia IGP

Grillo, also known as Riddu, is a white wine grape variety which withstands high temperatures and is widely used in Sicilian wine-making and, in particular, for Marsala. Grillo is crisp and light in texture, with moderate acidity and notable sweetness.

Uriel, the archangel of repentance. Uriel played a very important role in ancient texts as the rescuer of Jesus' cousin John the Baptist from the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by King Herod. The translation of Uriel is ‘God of Light.’ Uriel was the angel who checked each of the doors during the Passover in order to ensure safety for God’s people. Grillo is a very resilient grape and one that withstands a lot of heat and wind on Sicily. It is probably best known as the foundation for Marsala but in its ‘dry’ form has many interesting characteristics. It is the most important white grape on Sicily and therefore the ‘principal light.’

2015 followed an equally great 2014, which cannot be said for most of Italy. Optimal weather conditions with adequate spring rainfalls followed by moderate late spring and summer temperatures led to near perfect conditions. The absence of hot scirocco winds and marked thermal excursions contributed to the aromas and scents of this year’s wine. The vineyard is located in Western Sicily, in the area of Chirchiaro, between Salemi and Vita, roughly 25 miles from Marsala. They are planted east facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil, using guyot pruning. At an altitude of around 1,600 feet above sea level and with a proximity to the sea there is a definitive freshness to the wine.

The vineyard is located in Western Sicily, in the area of Chirchiaro, between Salemi and Vita, roughly 25 miles from Marsala. They are planted east facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil, using guyot pruning. At an altitude of around 1,600 feet above sea level and with a proximity to the sea there is a definitive freshness to the wine. After de-stemming and skin maceration for a few hours, the grapes are subject to soft-press before fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then left on its lees for a few months before being bottled.

Light straw color with mint green hues. The wine shows intensity on the nose with stone fruits and a spicy aroma. This is drier on the palate than previous vintages and retains freshness quite well. Well-balanced medium-bodied wine with fresh mineral notes and tropical fruit characters and a very pleasant citrusy finish.

  • Region: Terre Sicilia IGP
  • Varietal: 100% Grillo
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Chirchiaro
  • Vine Age: 18 years old
  • Yield: 3.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sandy Clay
  • Oak: None - 6 months in Stainless Steel
  • Production: 2,000 cases
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