2021 Millami 'Il Folie' Nerello Mascalese

2021 Millami 'Il Folie' Nerello Mascalese

Regular price $30

Region: Marsala < Sicily > Italy

Grapes: Nerello Mascalese

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic/biodynamic farming, clay + limestone soils, vinified in steel with whole cluster carbonic maceration for 9 days then aged on the lees in stainless steel for 9 months and an additional 3 months in bottle; 11% ABV

Winemaker: Fabio Diego Morsello Angileri

The story of this small Sicilian family estate begins in 2017, when Fabio Diego Morsello Angileri finished his studies in enology in Alba and worked with wineries in Italy and France before deciding to take over the family business that started in the 1950's.  Today Fabio farms 2 hectares of vineyards (with olive and fruit trees) around the Marsala area, using only traditional methods, no weeding or synthetic products in the vineyards, no chemicals, filtering or fining in the cellar.  He just rebuilt the family cellar within the ancient walls of the original cellar. Fabio says, "My grandfather Diego made wine within these same walls for more than 40 years until the end of the 1990s. It is a cellar with a typical structure of the Marsalese countryside, surrounded by the olive grove and the typical family garden (mandarin oranges, figs, prickly pears, local pears, pomegranates...). There is no shortage of bees and therefore orange blossom honey. The small family lake and the free-range hens for the production of organic eggs complete everything."  Wine production begins in 2021, and so far he's just making two labels: Layla and Il Folle, a gorgeous pair that pays homage to the secret love between the two protagonists of the literary short story LAYLA AND MAJNÛN - also known as LAYLA E IL FOLLE.

Il Folle is the perfect chillable red, punchy and bright with boisterous cherry, raspberry, and flowers jumping out of the glass. Juicy red fruit and more cherries on the palate, soft tannins and a fresh finish with lots of sparkle make this the perfect party wine, chilled down and passed around.  Although it's so good, you may not want to share.   STAFF FAVE


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