Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C. 2017

Tenuta Rapitalà


Casalj Rabitallavi was the ancient name of the Rapitalà estate and referred to 555 acres of Camporeale at 1,000-2,000 feet above sea level. The vineyards of Catarratto where we selected the grapes intended for Vigna Casalj are at the summit of this mountain on the historic estate. Vigna Casalj is a 25 acre registered cru in the Alcamo Classico, a high-elevation DOC.

Terroir: Selected estate parcels at 2,000 feet of elevation with Guyot-trained vines in sandy soil with yields below 32 quintals per acre.

Vinification: The Catarratto is picked at the end of September. To preserve the delicate varietal aromas, temperatures are controlled and oxygen is restricted once the grapes arrive in the winery. Soft pressing and cold settling is followed by fermentation using selected yeasts at a controlled temperature ensures the fermentation lasts over two weeks. The wine then remains on its fine lees until March and is then aged for three months in 50 hl French oak barrels.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Vigna Casali

Additional Information

This wine shows generous Mediterranean aromas of sage, tomato leaves, and caper flowers. On the palate, the wine is rich and full bodied, with a fresh and crisp character. Pale gold with a full, round flavor, this wine expresses the unique Sicilian personality of this variety. Pairs well with full-flavored fish and shellfish, white meats and soups.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay, sand
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.33 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
  • Avg Production: 20,000 bottles
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Catarratto

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    "The 2017 Alcamo Classico Vigna Casalj is a terrific easy-drinking expression of Sicily's versatile Catarratto grape. This wine opens to bright aromas of white flower, citrus, dried herb and ocean mist. The mouthfeel is lean, crisp and fresh. The wine sees a brief three months in large barrels. Some 15,000 bottles were made."
    Grade: 88+ points
  • The Alcohol Professor Author: Kelly Magyarics
    Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Bored of Big, Red Wine? Try These Winter Whites Instead -- "Though the catarratto grape can be relatively neutral with low acidity, in the right hands it’s capable of producing textured wines with layers of citrus along with savory tones. Aged on the lees to ramp up mouth feel, this wine has herbal aromas of sage, thyme and tomato leaves, and a full-bodied palate."
  • Wine Spectator Online Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
    "Light spice and floral notes lead to melon and poached pear flavors in this round, light-bodied white, backed by fresh acidity and ending with a moderate finish. Catarratto. Drink now. 700 cases made."

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