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Marco De Bartoli

Marco De Bartoli 'Lucido' Sicilia Catarratto 2019


no added sulfur

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily

Type: White Wine

Grape: Catarratto

Marco di Bartoli comes from a Marsala-producing family. He wandered for a while, became a race car driver among other things, but found his way back to the family business, intent on changing up the status quo – which in his region was pretty industrial. He moved all farming to organics, insisted on hand harvesting in a machine-driven wine region, worked only with estate-grown grapes and native yeast fermentations. Marco passed a few years back, but his adult children Renato, Sebastiano and Giuseppina are continuing the good work started by their papa.

Catarratto is the most planted grape in Sicily (and the 2nd in Italy), but there's an unusual Catarratto type called Lucido, featured in this bottling, which is fresher and more delicate than the common variety. “Lucido” ages for seven months in steel on the fine lees.

This wine is intense and complex, super aromatic on the nose and palate, but bone dry, with notes of bitter almonds, orange water, cardamom and white flowers, a round, waxy texture and bright acidity.