Why Be Curious? With Guccione’s terre brune (a rusty-brown terroir of clay, chalk, and iron) and a little skin contact in the winemaking, the all-too-often plain-Jane Trebbiano blossoms into a gorgeous seductress. It’s a savory wine that feeds all kinds of appetites.
Produttore / Producer: Francesco Guccione is a grower in the vinously nearly-forgotten northwest of Sicilia who has made a name for himself by re-discovering this corner of the island and its potential. His wines are crisscrossed with character and intrigue; they bring to life a land whose stories span from the ancient Phoenicians to modern Sicilians.
Vigna / Vineyard: The locale is called Cerasa, and it lies 35 kilometers southwest of Palermo. Cerasa has always been famous for the quality of its grapes; back in the days when negociants did most of the bottling, buyers arrived from all over Sicilia to select their grapes. The Guccione vineyards have been certified organic since 1996 and farmed biodynamically since 2005. Francesco adheres to a strict natural regime: massale selection of vines, dry farming, and various cover crops including herbs like chamomile and echinacea.
Cantina / Cellar: Fermentation with native yeasts, including two days of skin contact, in a combination of stainless steel tanks and 3000-liter tini (large, upright wooden casks). A year of aging in the same combination of stainless steel and tini. No filtering or clarification.
Il Vino / The Wine: The skin contact gives texture and complexity without heaviness. An uncommonly deep Trebbiano, and one that ages magnificently for five to 10 years.
A Tavola… / At the Table… Fish of all kinds, including sushi, lighter pasta dishes, and white meats. When young, the wine retains the freshness that you want from a “serious” aperitivo.
Guccione Sicilia ‘T’
Vigna / Vineyard
Nome / Name: ‘T’.
Ettari / Hectares: 2.8 ha.
Quota / Altitude: 480 m / 1575 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Marl with medium clay content.
Esposizione / Exposure: East / West.
Vitigni / Varieties: Trebbiano.
Età delle viti / Vine age: About 30 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 1100 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Tendone (overhead trellis, or pergola).
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: End of September to mid-October.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Certified biodynamic.
Resa / Yield: 5000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: Spontaneous, with two days of skin contact, in a combination of stainless steel and 3000-liter tini (large, upright wooden casks).
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes, also in stainless steel and tini.
Affinamento / Élevage: One year in a combination of stainless steel and tini, plus additional months in bottle.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: None.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 20 mg/L total, 6 mg/L free.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Produzione annua / Annual production: Usually 10,000 bottles, in cases of 6 bottles each.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural Sicilian cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.