This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.
The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia in southwestern Sicily. The uncontaminated area of Sambuca di Sicilia is a rich land with ancient vineyards. Lake Arancio, with its crystal-clear water, creates a perfect microclimate for viticulture.
As soon as the grapes were ripe, the canes were cut and the grapes allowed to dry naturally in the hot Sicilian sun. After aboout 20 days, the grapes had lost about 20% of their weight. They were then harvested, pressed and underwent a long maceration on the skins. The wine was then aged for six months in American and French oak barriques before bottling.
This wine is bright ruby red, vivid, full and intense. Intense aromas of red fruits mingle with spices and red flowers. The palate is warm, full, soft and well-balanced, with aftertaste of red fruits lingering at the finish.
It is best served with pasta dishes that have rich sauces, meat and seasoned cheeses.