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Cusumano Sagana

2011 An intense, red, Mediterranean wine. It fills your nose with pepper, juniper berries and dry figs, and finally with cocoa. On entering the mouth, it is soft and rich and gradually spreads notes of dry figs and licorice.
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$44.00 / Bottle   $528.00 / Case
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Brothers Diego and Alberto Cusumano craft sleek and stylish wines that capture the spirit of the new Sicily. Wine insiders have long predicted that Sicily would one day become one of Europe’s dominant wine regions. The sheer number of prime vineyard sites available, the diversity of microclimates and soils throughout the island, make it possible for Sicilian winemakers to work not only with exciting native varietals, but also with many international grapes.

The Cusumanos are third generation winemakers. Their new winery at Partinico is a minimalist Mediterranean architectural showcase built in 2003. Grapes from the best vineyard sites all over Sicily are vinified in the cellar complete with all of the modern winemaking equipment an oenologist could dream of.

Sagana is made from 100% Nero d'Avola. The Nero d’Avola grapes are harvested by hand and only the best clusters are selected for vinification. De-stemmed and fermented at a temperature controlled 28°-30°C with skin contact for 10-15 days. Malolactic fermentation is in small oak barrels. The wine is aged in same oak barrels for 12 months. Grapes are sourced from the Butera zone at 300 meters above sea level. Sagana is a local term for a hidden supply (of fine wine in this case) reserved for only close friends and family.