Spellbound Chardonnay

Vittoria DOC Frappato, California

Bell’Assai, a single variety Frappato, Vittoria DOC, with great freshness and soft tannins. A fragrant red with intense floral notes and aromas of red fruits that amazes with its immediate pleasantness.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby red with violet reflections, Bell’Assai offers a fragrant bouquet with intense flowery notes of violets and roses combined with scents of fresh red fruit (strawberries and raspberries). In the mouth it surprises with its great freshness, a perfect harmony between aroma and taste, supported by soft tannins. A fragrant red that amazes with its immediate pleasantness.

Perfect to sip from a glass, it accompanies salami and tasty fish dishes such as soups or guazzetti. Also excellent with tuna sushi. Serve in medium-size glasses, it can be uncorked at time of serving, excellent at 16°C (60°F).

In the 2017 vintage 496 mm of rainfall was recorded that corresponds to the average figure* for the territory (495 mm); however, temperatures were higher than the average, particularly between July and August. Thanks to the emergency irrigation and careful crop load management, healthy and perfectly ripe grapes were produced. The wines of this vintage are characterized by fragrant and ample aromas; fruity and flowery complemented by refined softness and persistence on the palate. (*VINTAGE: in in Vittoria/Acate we consider the period from October 1 to September 30; RAINFALL: average obtained from SIAS, (Sicilian Agrometeorological Service), the average is calculated in Acate from 2007).

Fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 8-9 days at a temperature of 24-25°C (75,2- 77°F).

DENOMINATION: Vittoria DOC FRAPPATO Sicilia GRAPES: Frappato PRODUCTION ZONE: south-east Sicily, in the territory of Acate. ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 13.47 % vol., total acidity: 5.4 g/l., pH: 3.60.

TERRITORIES: altitude 120-150 meters a.s.l.; gently sloping terrains; soils tending towards sandy interspersed with a substratum of calcareous tuff and medium-textured soils, tending towards clayey. VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density 4,000-4,500 plants per hectare (1,619 - 1,822 an acre); yields of 7.0 – 8.0 tons/hectare (2.8 - 3.2 t/acres)

Spellbound Chardonnay features bright and lush tropical fruit flavors with notes of vanilla and classic crème brûlée. Its medium body and bright acidity make for a pleasant and lasting finish on the palate.

Enjoy this wine on its own or with a variety of cuisine from the Pacific Rim to the fiery Southwest. Blackened fish, Caesar salad, cream chowders and soft cheeses all make for delicious pairings.

Varietal:  Chardonnay Region:  California Aging:  Barrel & Stainless Steel Alcohol:  13.5%

Fragore 2016 amazes for its extraordinary complexity and volcanic elegance. The Etna Rosso Cru of Donnafugata is the precious result of Nerello Mascalese grapes from Montelaguardia district. The bouquet is ample and profound with spicy scents, wild berries, with mineral and balsamic notes. The palate reflects perfectly the nose offering also important tannins and a remarkable long finish.

Ideal with legumes, mushrooms and tasty meats. Fragore perfectly matches turkey and barbecue ribs. Try it also with Asian food as Peking duck, beef and pork hot pots. Serve at 18 °C.

An autumn and winter with little rainfall. The 2016 vintage recorded 519 mm of rainfall, below the average* of 799 mm that characterizes the north side of the volcano, between Randazzo and Passopiscaro, where Donnafugata has its vineyards in 5 different districts. This figure did not have significant consequences. In very loose terrains like these volcanic ones, the root system of the grapevine can go deep and capture the moisture it needs. No excessive heat peaks during the summer; some rain in late August certainly helped the vines, allowing them to complete the cycle of a contained and balanced production. The ripening of the grapes was slow and regular, also thanks to the mild temperatures on many days between September and October. Excellent from the qualitative point of view, the 2016 vintage gave wines with intense perfumes and harmonious tannins; wines of particular finesse and harmony. (*AGRICULTURAL YEAR: for Etna/Randazzo it is considered from 1 November to 31 October; RAINFALL: obtained from SIAS, Sicilian Agrometeorological Service, the average has been calculated in Randazzo since 2007.) 

Once the clusters reach the winery they undergo further selection on a vibrating table, followed by grape selection thanks to a latest generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for 10-12 days at a temperature of 25 °C. Aging in French oak (second and third passage barriques) for 14 months and then at least 10 months in bottle before release.

DENOMINATION: Etna Rosso DOC - Contrada Montelaguardia. GRAPES: Nerello Mascalese – A black grape variety that gives rise to the prestigious Etna DOC domination in this unique terroir of the volcano. PRODUCTION ZONE: Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna, in Montelaguardia district at Randazzo. ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 14.40 % vol. - total acidity 5.7g/l - pH 3.55

TERRITORIES: altitude 750 m a.s.l.; the composition of the sandy texture lavic soil is characterized by a subacid-neutral reaction, with good organic endowment. Deep, rich in minerals, the lavic soil allows strong root growth. VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning and a density of about 4,500 plants per hectare or Alberello (low bushy vine) and 6,900 plants per hectare. Crop yield is of 4 - 5 tons/hectare.

Spellbound wines are sourced from winegrowing regions throughout California where warm sun and cool, moonlight nights result in expressive, approachable, balanced wines. These wines are true to their roots, expressing ripe varietal character with a style that elevates every occasion—from special events to everyday meals around the family table.

Enjoy this wine on its own or with a variety of cuisine from the Pacific Rim to the fiery Southwest. Blackened fish, Caesar salad, cream chowders and soft cheeses all make for delicious pairings.

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