Alessandro Viola is one of the winemakers I'm most proud of featuring on Primal Wine. His wines have been part of our selection since the very beginning of this project, and for a very simple reason: they are delicious. And they have been consistently delicious over the years – the current selection is the fifth vintage we've had the privilege to feature on Primal Wine.
Alessandro works on a 7-hectare estate near Alcamo, Northwestern Sicily, planted with Grillo, Nero d'Avola, Syrah, Nerello Mascalese, and Catarratto. Farming is organic, winemaking low-intervention – he uses sulfites in minimal quantities (20ppm) only in some cuvées. Alessandro oversees every aspect of production, both in the vineyard and the cellar.
These are the wines currently available: four under Alessandro's label and one under the name Longarico, a collaborative effort between Luigi Stalteri and Alessandro. But there are more cuvées; we are in the process of restocking some of them.
80% Nero d'Avola grapes and 20% Syrah grapes farmed organically under the appellation Terre Siciliane IGT. This is such a vibrant wine that it's been one of my favorite Sicilian reds. Fruit-driven, crunchy, fresh, with blood orange, plum, and white pepper. The mid-palate in this wine is incredible, making Note di Rosso a versatile, food-friendly wine.
Note di Bianco is 100% Grillo, organic, zesty, crisp, and refreshing with aromas of white fruit and flowers. If you've never tried a Grillo-based wine, this is the benchmark. As with Note di Rosso, Alessandro balances fruit, structure, and freshness, and, as we say in colloquial Italian, "beva." A symphony of citrus and white flowers in a glass.
Blanc de Blancs is an exceptionally unique wine. It's 100% Catarratto vinified with the Classic Method, or Méthode champenoise – like a Champagne. Another benchmark right here. Intense yellow gold, fine bubbles, complex, layered, with bread crust, ripe citrus, honey – and much more.
Le Mie Origini – My Origins – is a skin-contact wine made from 100% Catarratto grapes farmed organically. The vineyards are about 30 years old and are planted on clayey and limestone soil at 500-600 meters above sea level.