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Kobrand Tour d’Italia; First Stop, Sicily for Nero d’Avola & Grillo


I was delighted to attend the 4th annual Kobrand ‘Tour d’Italia’, featuring iconic wines from their exclusive Italian wine portfolio. Kobrand is a family owned importing company founded in 1944, it serves as the exclusive agent for many fine European wines and additionally owns many of the brands in its portfolio. The tasting was held in the stunningly beautiful Bowery Hotel in NYC, and was a fantastic opportunity to speak directly with iconic winemakers representing many regions of Italy, from the north to Tuscany to Sicily. Many producers brought new releases and assembled vertical tastings of some of their best vintages and labels. With so many exceptional wines, it was difficult not trying them all [although I did give it my best attempt in the couple of hours that I had!]

The Sicilian estate of Feudo Maccari, established by Antonio Moretti in 2000 is located just over a mile from the sea on the southern tip of Sicily. Moretti also owns his renowned family estate of Tenuta Sette Ponti in Tuscany, along with Poggio al Lupo in Maremma. The 250 acre Sicilian estate was assembled from numerous owners with more than 50 separate vineyard plots on the hillsides near the town of Noto.

Winemaking: The extreme dry heat makes the use of chemicals unnecessary. Vineyards are 240 feet above sea level with predominantly volcanic soils, with the occasional chalk deposit. There are newly planted vines, though the average age runs between 30-60 years.

The very gracious Giovanna Moretti, Antonio Moretti’s sister and co-owner of Tenuta Sette Ponti, presented the wines:


Feudo Maccari Grillo Sicilia IGP 2014
Ms. Moretti introduced this as an “easy wine” best enjoyed “very cold”. Aged in stainless steel, and absolutely brimming with lush tropical fruit flavours highlighted by heady honeysuckle notes, followed by clean minerals on the crisp finish. Incredibly glugable with a fantastic integration of fruit, floral and minerals elements.
$10 [average price]


Feudo Maccari Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGP 2014
Described by Ms. Moretti as the estate’s “basic Nero d’Avola”, sourced from vines aged 12-34 years old, this is 100% Nero d’Avola aged in stainless steel and absolutely dazzling in its simplicity and clarity. Fruit forward with black cherry and red currant flavours atop a fresh acidity and traces of menthol leading to a clean, dry finish.
$9 [average price]

Feudo Maccari ‘Saia’ Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGP 2012
Saia is a velvety expression of Nero d’Avola, grapes are sourced from 20-30 year old vines in volcanic soil with white sand and chalk deposits, then aged for 1 year in French barriques followed by 6 months in the bottle. Oak adds depth and is a good foil to the morello cherry, dry tannins and hints of mint. Sweet raisin notes shine of the spicy finish and keep you reaching for more.
$20 [average price]



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