Alessandro Viola, 'Rosso Isi' 2019
Isi means easy and this is exactly that, albeit delicious. Fruit forward with classic Sicilian generosity and enjoyment factor.
There's more to Sicily than Mount Etna. Case in point. Viola is based up in Alcamo, on the north coast toward Palermo. The family has been growing grapes here for generations, with Alessandro returning home with some international experience and propelling their estate forward. The 5ha of vineyards are planted at 600-700m of altitude, in a mountain pass that benefits from natural groundwater reserves and that obvious Sicilian sunshine. Altitude also means cooler nights, and the preservation of natural acidity, giving freshness to the end wine. Winemaking uses indigenous yeasts and involves minimal SO2 save for stability reasons.