Wine of the Week: Cusumano, Sicilia IGT, Insolia 2011

Wine of the Week: Cusumano, Sicilia IGT, Insolia 2011

Source: Dallas Morning News
October 31, 2012
By Rebecca Murphy

Italy is the land of a thousand grape varieties you never heard of but should be exploring. This delicious Italian wine is made from the unfamiliar grape variety insolia. It’s grown mainly in Sicily, where it can be found as part of the blend in marsala, a sweet fortified wine.

Fortunately, vintners like those at Cusumano have been growing it to make wines like this one. It has a captivating aroma of flowers, grapefruit and orange zest followed by refreshing, lively flavors of various citrus fruits, enhanced with a nutty almond note. Acidity is bright and zesty. Try it with crab cakes or grilled shrimp.

Cusumano has 985 acres of vineyards in various locations and different altitudes on the island of Sicily, just off the boot toe of Italy. They make this wine with no oak contact and cool fermentation temperatures to allow the lovely fruit character of this unusual grape to shine through.

 

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