In the region of Sicily
Owned by Count Lucio Tasca
First vintage bottled in 1967
900 acres produce 2,500,000 bottles annually
No wine purchased
10-30% grapes purchased
Winemaker: Giuseppe Tasca and Laura Orsi Consultant: Carlo Ferrini
Leone d'Almerita IGT Sicilia
Intense straw yellow in color with green hues, Leone offers a lovely, aromatic bouquet of pink grapefruit, apple, white peach, banana and pineapple. Fruity with balanced acidity, Leone is best enjoyed well chilled with antipasti, fried calamari, spaghetti with clams, roasted white meats, and vegetables. Also pairs nicely with Thai cuisine.
Made from 85% Catarratto and 15% Chardonnay
First vintage bottled in 1998, 260,000 bottles produced annually.
Production area: Various estate vineyards, located 1,475 -2,300 ft. above sea level, with varied exposure and a calcareous clay soil composition
Vineyard characteristics: 74 acres planted in 1979-1984 with a density of 1,620 vines per acre. The vines are planted in the Guyot and spur pruned cordon method and yield 2 tons per acre.
The harvest was carried out in September/October
Vinification & Aging
Type of Press: Pneumatic
Method of extraction:
Length of Maceration: days
Fermented in stainless steel tanks on lees at a temperature of 63 degrees
Malolactic fermentation is not carried out
Type: Oak barrels
The wine is aged 4-5 months followed by an additional minimal in bottle prior to release from the winery.
Total Acidity: 4.7 gram(s) per liter
Dry Extract: 20.50 gram(s) per liter
Alcohol Content: 12.5 % alc. by volume
Residual Sugars: 6.0 gram(s) per liter
Someone else's review:
A pleasant wine with taosty aromas of light peach, grapefruit and orange blossom. Similar on the palette but also nuanced with melon, quince, cream and a heavy chalky minerality. The finish is very bitter almond, almost too much so. Nice, but not a cocktail wine. Try to eat something with it to balance the almond finish.
This is a wonderful sparkling Italian wine. I try to keep a few bottles on hand just for a light and refreshing drink with friends and family. An unbelievable price. This is a bit sweeter than most sparkling wines but not too sweet. Slight lemony flavor. A perfect summer porch drink.