Sergio Drago Rosso di Botte
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Region: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Grape varieties: Nero d’Avola
Sergio Drago Rosso di Botte is Sergio’s version of Nero d’Avola with 7 months of aging in used French oak. More structure and finesse results.
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About Sergio Drago Rosso di Botte
Sergio Drago Rosso di Botte is the same blend of Nero d’Avola and Syrah used for the Rosso cuvée but fermented and aged in neutral French oak for 9 months for a more refined wine. Here the neutral oak influence has subtle influence on the structure showing a rounder wine with more integrated tannins and softer acidity. The primary notes from the Rosso cuvée still show on the nose at first, with notes of ripe red and black fruits but with floral aromatics and a touch of spice from the oak. On the palate, the fresh red fruits transition more to flavors of 7-11 blueberry pie and rose petals with an earthy spiciness to finish.
About Sergio Drago
After the Viola brothers (Aldo and Alessandro) it is Sergio Drago that has now attracted the attention of the northwestern area of Sicily. Sergio is a new winemaker from Alcamo, having made wine for just five years but his wines burst onto the scene with a freshness from this region that we haven’t tasted before. After studying and working for various wineries in the area, Sergio set out on his own with two hectares in Alcamo.
Alcamo is situated between Marsala and Palermo and is the quintessential growing area for the Sicilian indigenous grape Catarratto. Sergio produces wines completely organically, while not certified, his ethos is clear. No intervention in the vineyard or the cellar.
Sergio produces two wines: a Bianco (Catarratto) and a Rosso (blend of Nero D’ Avola and Syrah). Vines sit on extremely calcareous soil. Sergio’s production is small and he wants to keep it that way, limiting production to 4,000 bottles total.