Alto Grado (Grillo-Marsala) 2008

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Alto Grado (Grillo-Marsala) 2008

120.00

A single variety single vintage traditional Marsala made at Barraco.  The grapes are harvested when overripe and the wind from Africa dries them out increasing the sugar content. Grapes are left macerating for 2 days.  Then the wine is moved to chestnut cask that gets re-filled just in the first 2 years.  Bottled after 8 years ageing.   With a dark yellow color this wine has an intense nose of dried apricots, tangerine, toasted hazelnuts and almonds.  The mouth is full and vibrant, sapid.  The both opulence and acidity bring flavors of dried figs, hazelnuts and almonds and walnuts abut also tangerine, orange and zesty notes.  A full meal wine that brings out its best with oysters and raw fish if chilled; at room temperature instead is best with mild  to hard cheeses, white meat dishes, desserts particularly if almonds or fig based (Sicilian bucellato for example).

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