Cygnus

Once the "ugly duckling" among the vines, now the Nero d'Avola is an elegant swan, soft and sinuous. This creative experiment of the Tasca d'Almerita winery confirms it, and Nero d'Avola blended with Cabernet Sauvignon give birth to an admirable and enchanting wine, the latest blossom in the Tasca garden. The swan that Wagner saw at Villa Tasca and which ordained the birth of Parsifal. A swan that is young, pure, enchanted, and ultra-modern. 

 
 
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Cygnus
Cygnus
Grapes:
Nero d’Avola 60% and Cabernet Sauvignon 40%.
Appellation:
Nero d’Avola – Cabernet Sauvignon Sicilia I.G.T.
Production area:
Regaleali Estate – Palermo - Sicilia.
Training system:
Espalier.
Pruning system:
Guyot and spurred cordon.
Vines per Ha:
4,000 as average.
Yield per Ha:
54 ql.
Production method:
Tradizional in red.
Fermentation temperature:
28°C.
Maceration:
Two weeks.
Malolactic fermentation:
Totally run.
Ageing:
14 months in 225 liter French oak barrels (Allier e Tronçais), 30% new, 70% al second and third use. In bottle 4 months before release.
Alcohol content:
14.00% Vol.
Wine analytical data:
pH 3.70 - AT 5.6 g/l - ZR 2.1 g/l - ET 31.9 g/l.
 
 

Colour:

Intense red.

Bouquet:

Typical of Cabernet, hints of green pepper, tomato leaf that melt with those of Nero d’Avola such as red berries, black berry and mulberry. Vanilla beans and cocoa scents typical of oak ageing increase the pleasant complexity.

Taste:

Great structure, silky and round tannins. Nose notes are amplified by its freshness and minerality leaving a sensation of great complexity and length.
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2013
Gambero Rosso / Vini d'Italia 2013
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Tre bicchieri
2010
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2011
Robert Parker – Wine Advocate
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90 / 100
2008
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2010
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Palermo
Medaglia d'Argento
2007
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2009
Robert Parker.com
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Rating: 91
2006
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2009
The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
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91 points
2006
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2008
Wine Spectator Online - James Suckling
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88 points
2005
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2007
VI Concorso Enologico "Sicilia Terra di Vino" - AIS
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Premio per il miglior punteggio
2004
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2006
Wine Enthusiast - Buying Guide
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91 points
2003
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2006
Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli
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Tre Stelle
2003
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2005
XXV Banco d'Assaggio dei Vini d'Italia
Torgiano
Diploma di Merito
2003
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2004
International Challenge 2004
Vietnam
Silver
2002
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2004
Lm Editore - Luca Maroni - Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2004
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Inserimento in Guida con voto 84
2001
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2004
Slow Food - Vini d'Italia
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Cygnus
2001
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2004
Wine Spectator
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88/100 points
2001
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2004
Decanter World Wine Awards
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Silver
2001
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2003
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Bruxelles
Medaglia d'Argento
2000
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2002
Vinitaly
Verona
Gran Menzione
1999
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Vintage
2001
Vinitaly 2001 Int. Packaging Competition
Verona
Etichetta di Bronzo
1998
 
 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

A key component of the classic Bordeaux blend, with several clonal sub-groups, this variety makes its Italian home mostly in the north. It's one of the noblest red wine grapes, and one that can be relied on to produce consistently good wines. The medium-dense clusters are conic-cylindrical in shape. The bluish-coloured berries are rounded, thick-skinned and covered in bloom. A variety that produces extremely elegant wines with high alcohol content, it adapts well to all sorts of different climatic and territorial conditions. The strong, woody stem helps its cold-weather resistance, while the thick, bloom-covered berry allows it to defend itself not only from the cold and damp, but also from heat and insect infestation.

NERO D’AVOLA

NERO D’AVOLA

Despite its long history, the Nero d'Avola grape has only become widely known and loved in recent years; now, this native Sicilian variety has reached great heights all over Italy and the world. Passion and dedication lie behind our red monovarietal, starting with the low yields in the vineyard which guarantee a high-quality vintage of notable concentration. By ageing it partly in wood and parly in steel vats, we can supplement the fresh fruity notes of a young wine with elegant spices and liquorice which bode very well for further maturing.