Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C. 2018

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: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Catarratto

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
    "A lively, light- to medium-bodied white, with hints of flint and stone underscoring the flavors of crunchy pear, dried thyme, Meyer lemon peel and spice. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases imported."
  • Score: 87 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
    "Alcamo, in the southwestern corner of Sicily, was once the white wine production powerhouse on the island. It still is, but production of fine wines is no longer as localized and today is spread across Sicily. The 2018 Alcamo Classico Vigna Casalj is a bit sticky and rich with ripe fruit and tropical tones of papaya and honey. The wine is simple and slightly sweet on the finish."

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