This is their entry level red wine, a naked expression of Nero D’Avola of shorter maceration, fermented uniquely in temp controlled stainless steel, in order to favor an accessible gourmandise and immediacy. For everyday gluglu versatility and a pizza/pasta casual usefulness, this one screams value hound house wine. This is plain delicious. From their terrific website (gulfi.it) :
“The Ragoleti vineyard extends to an altitude of 450 m above sea level for about 10 hectares on a plateau of the Hyblean mountains behind a large pine forest in Licodia Eubea, on the border between the provinces of Catania and Ragusa. The climate, temperate and cool, is favourably affected by the nearby forest vegetation. The soil is clayey with outcropping banks of limestone and a strong sandy component. There is a planting density of 8,900 vines per hectare. An espalier method is used for training vines. The non-irrigated vineyard yields no more than 85 quintals per hectare.”
“Very deep ruby. Perfumed violet, black cherry, citrus fruit and minerals on the enticing nose. Then fresh juicy and very lively, with youthfully chewy tannins and fruit forward elements of plum and dark cherry. Finishes flinty and long. A lovely wine, and happily less dark-fruited than other recent versions that I liked much less” 91 Ian D’Agata for the 2018, NOT THE 2021 OFFERED HERE.