From one of the less known areas of Sicily for the production of wine, a large white with a small price, perfect for seafood
"Vignaioli for passion and dedication", we read on the site of Baglio del Cristo di Campobello. And it is enough to know the Bonetta family to understand that it is not just a slogan. Carmelo, with Domenico, took over the reins of the company, but his father Angelo is still active in the day-to-day management, and then there are wives and children, who work so that work at the Baglio del Cristo is a well-matched choir. We are a Campobello di Licata, in the province of Agrigento, in a marvelous nothingness where the gaze can range for kilometers on the countryside. The sea is near, it is about ten kilometers away, and it is felt in the evening breezes, which cool and smell of salt.
The first thing you notice when you arrive in the beam is the statue of Jesus crucified, which protects the entrance and is a destination every May of Pilligrinaggiu a lu Cristu, a deeply felt religious procession, which involves the inhabitants of the surroundings and beyond.
The company works some thirty hectares of property, planted with indigenous and international vines, on rolling hills of chalky calcareous matrix; each vineyard is vinified separately and in the cellar we make use of the advice of a famous oenologist like Riccardo Cotarella, for an annual production of around 300,000 bottles.
It is difficult to choose which is the best label: the CDC Cristo di Campobello Bianco has an exceptional relationship between quality and price and is the wine for the everyday table; the Nero d’Avola Lu Patri and the Grillo Lalùci are perhaps the most famous, destined to become icons of contemporary Sicilian viticulture. And then there is the Adènzia Bianco, a mix of native vines cricket and insolia, that with the 2018 vintage has reached levels of absolute value or, to put it better, is very good! Like all the labels signed by Baglio, it is a very gastronomic wine, which is enhanced by the combination with food. The aromas are those of ripe fruit, peach and medlar above all, and of broom flowers, with hints of citrus and fresh almond; it is very pleasant to the taste, delicate and intense at the same time, with an adequate acid-sapid spine and a slightly spicy finish. With a price like this, you risk doing the business of the season.
Why now: in this wine you can feel the sea and the desire to go on vacation is great for everyone.
As did: after soft pressing, the fermentation takes place in steel, as well as the refinement of the wine which lasts for 5 months on the fine lees. The wine is then refined for a couple of months in the bottle before being sold.
Serve it at: 8-10 ° C.
Price: 12.50 euros.
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