Rosso del Conte Contea di Sclafani DOC 1979

In the late 1960s, founder Count Giuseppe Tasca decided to create a special reserve of Regaleali Rosso.  He wanted to make a truly Sicilian wine that could age like the great international red blends such as Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After selecting the fruit from the best parcels and experimenting with careful oak treatment (something unheard of in Sicily at that time), Rosso del Conte was born. Today, Rosso del Conte still stands as a revered icon among Sicilian reds and continues to be made from the very best selections of the old-vine estate vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, this wine offers enticing aromas of Marasca cherries and herbs with undertones of vanilla and tobacco. On the palate, silky tannins and a rich body culminate in a long, flavorful finish.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with grilled steaks, Bordelaise sauces, rack of lamb, and rumaki.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The San Lucio, Piana Gelso, and Rossi vineyards
Vineyard size
17, 6, and 14 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Bush and Espalier
Elevation
1,550-1,800 feet
Vines/acre
1,600
Yield/acre
2 tons
Exposure
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted
1959-1965, 1995, and 1998
Harvest time
August-September
First vintage of this wine
1970
Bottles produced of this wine
35,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
40% Nero d'Avola, 25% Syrah, 23% Merlot, and 12% Perricone
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
9 days
Fermentation temperature
68-82 °F
Maceration technique
Racking and Pumpovers
Maceration length
20
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French: Allier and Tronçais
Length of aging before bottling
18 months

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