Contrada G IGT Terre Siciliane 2020 Rosso Vini Franchetti Cl 75
100% Nerello Mascalese
Contrada Guardiola is an ancient contrada that lies between 800m and 1000m above sea level, on the edge of a recent 1947 flow that stopped just short of the vineyards. From the ancient vines they produce a deep, complex wine with a rich hint of red fruits. Only selected grapes from the oldest vineyards are used for this cru, which they began producing in 2011.
The summer of 2020 was moderated many by rainfall, and generally bad weather; the end of July then saw the return of warm weather, until the rains of August 10 and finally those of early September. Later, after the tubs of white fermented and everyone went to the beach with the majestic mountain in the sunshine, the rain came accompanied by some hail; a wind from the north blew all night long, and on October 1 the expected cold weather descended on the towns and villages. For about a month the sky remained clear, and by October 14 all the red grapes began to ripen. The first to arrive at the winery was the Cesanese d’Affile, which was more sensitive to the temperatures of early to mid-October. It was Oct. 24 when after several tastings in the vineyard the Petit Verdot also reached maturity, the grapes bringing with them aromas of oriental spices and a mixture of crunchy red fruits, with the grapes reaching maximum balance in the mouth at dawn on Oct. 26.