Wine of the Week: Baglio di Pianetto Ficiligno 2010

Baglio di Pianetto

I had this wonderful wine from Baglio di Pianetto a few weeks ago at Salumeria Rosi. I was impressed with the blend of 50% Viognier, 50% Insolia. Viognier grows beautifully in this part of Sicily, relatively close to Palermo and at an elevation of 500-600 mt above sea level.

The wine was foral and rich with interesting nutty character as well that I imagine comes from lees stirring. The high tech winery built by the Marzotto family uses gravitational forces in the four story winery for their grapes, both those going into steel as well as wood.

I was really taken with this wine and remembered having met someone who worked at Baglio at a New York event last year. Doing some research I discovered that Tom Hyland has visited the winery and posted about Ficiligno here. Here rightly suggests this is a wine that can age. I agree with him and would love to taste it in a few years so see the evolution.

This winery is located in the Monreale DOC area. My mother and I visited the Cathedral in 2003 and I still regret not buying the large and heavy book with reproductions of the exquisite mosaics.

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