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Cusumano Benuara

2014 This wine is dark and mysterious, layers of deep black fruit and chocolate with highlights of tobacco and sweet spice on the bouquet. Well-made with rich, dense blackberries, a hint of vanilla and taut acidity over a core of velvety smooth tannins that melt seamlessly into the background.
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$25.00 / Bottle   $300.00 / Case
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Brothers Diego and Alberto Cusumano craft sleek and stylish wines that capture the spirit of the new Sicily.

Sicily is a land of diverse vineyard microclimates.

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.

This blend of Nero d'Avola and Syrah combines the best of tradition and modernity. Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s best-known indigenous red grape and Syrah one of the most successful international varietals. The end result is an unforgettable blend that takes its name from the local red wildflower pictured on the label.

The blend contains 70% Nero d’Avola, and 30% Syrah. After harvesting, the grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. The crushed grapes are held in cold maceration for 2 days at 7 degrees Celsius to extract color and aroma.

Following the cold maceration, the grapes are fermented traditionally in stainless steel with frequent pumping over and “delastage” to extract flavor, color and tannins from the skins. The malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless steel tanks.

After fining, 20% of the wine is aged in large oak casks to impart just a touch of oak flavor to the wine. Give this wine some time to breathe to allow the bouquet to open fully.