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2020 Alessandro Viola ‘Sinfonia di Bianco’ Terre Siciliane IGP – Was $46 – Now $42
“There are many pathways to be taken once you’ve been bitten by the wine bug. For some, it simply becomes their drink of choice, for myself, it became an obsession that I hoped to turn into a career. The wines of Alessandro Viola are deeply personal for me as they made such an impression when I first tried them that I was inspired to start my own wine distribution business. While that venture has since dissolved, today I find myself reconnected with that initial spirit of a distributor as I’m once again able to sing the praises of his wines and offer this latest gem to you today. Viola is a master of the Sicilian varietal Grillo, as many of you who purchased his Note di Bianco cuvée from us already knows. This Sinfonia di Bianco bottling is sourced from the same vineyards around Santa Ninfa and Pietrarenosa as the ‘Note di Bianco’ however, this is a meticulous selection of the most qualitative plots, harvested a few days later for extra ripeness, and spending 3 days of contact with the skins. Enticing aromas of meyer lemon and buddha’s hand are entwined with delicate notes of chamomile, black cardamom, and gardenias. The palate displays remarkable tension between the lively acidity and its miner-rich, juicy and silky profile. This Sinfonia ends with citrusy and floral notes over a lengthy, savory and salty finish.” -Sergio
About The Producer
Alessandro Viola is a small producer in the northwest corner of Sicily, south of Palermo. His father was a vine grower although other than a few bottles of homemade wine he never saw the fruit of his hard work in the vineyard into bottle. Alessandro was fascinated in grape growing from an early age and after a few vintages of self-teaching he decided to get a formal education and study oenology. During his university studies he steered away from the mechanical side of winemaking he was being taught and decided to study the science. The idea that nothing needed to be added or taken away from the wine if the grapes, soil and winemaking were all working together became his mantra. Today, he cultivates just over 17 acres of organically farmed wines. He is committed to the local varieties: Catarrato, Grillo, Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese. His style is unique and his commitment to organic and biodynamic practices with no additions is central to his winemaking philosophy.