Valle dell’Acate has earned numerous awards and prizes on both a national and international level, confirming the prestige of its wines and the value of the company. Recognitions such as these have helped create an energetic, satisfying business reality, and are a tribute to Gaetana Jacono’s entrepreneurial skills. As Michele Shah noted in Decanter Wine Magazine, “…an explosive mixture of passion, pride and a keen sense of challenge encouraged Gaetana Jacono to assert herself as a woman wine maker in Sicily, where tradition is still deeply rooted.”
VALLE DELL’ACATE CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA 2018 – 92 PTS
A very intense and complete Cersuolo with cherry, watermelon, elderberry, orange and floral character. It’s medium-bodied with density and lovely length. Drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA CLASSICO IRI DA IRI 2014 – 91 PTS
The nose shows aromas of dark fruit and dried roses. Medium to full body with firm tannins. The palate is nicely developed, with a good amount of complexity, shifting between black cherries, chocolate, and leather. Drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE FRAPPATO VITTORIA IL FRAPPATO 2020 – 91 PTS
A very pretty young red with ripe red berries and hints of white chocolate, fresh herbs and whole peppercorns. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Fresh and fruity. Pleasant to drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE INSOLIA SICILIA BELLIFOLLI 2020 – 91 PTS
Jasmine and cedro peel with some sweet Mediterranean herbs, such as basil and fresh mint. Medium- bodied with delicate, clean flavors and just enough acidity to push it on. Turns peppery in the aftertaste. Lots going on here. Drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE NERO D’AVOLA SICILIA BELLIFOLLI 2019 – 91 PTS
A typical nero with ripe-berry, cherry and sour-cherry character. Medium body, light tannins and a round, soft texture. Fruity finish. Drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE GRILLO SICILIA ZAGRA 2020 – 90 PTS
A swirl of the glass brings out an rather engaging mix of lightly bitter greengage fruit and sweet baby- powder mineral character. Full-bodied with the same powdery texture to the palate. Interesting white with lots of character, but the flavor profile will not be for everyone. Drink now.
VALLE DELL’ACATE FRAPPATO DI VITTORIA 2019 – 90 PTS
The 2019 Il Frappato di Vittoria is pleasantly fruit-forward, a dusting of sweet spices giving way to ripe cherries, incense and dusty dried owers. It’s soft-textured with a tart display of raspberries and pomegranate, cascading along a core of brisk acids as inner rose notes amass toward the close. This tapers o incredibly fresh, resonating on a vivid recollection of all of the fruits found within, along with a balancing twang of sour citrus. Enjoy over the next two to three years, and with a slight chill if possible.
VALLE DELL’ACATE NERO D’AVOLA IL MORO 2017 – 90 PTS
The 2017 Nero d’Avola Il Moro wafts up with a dark and dusty display of blackberries, crushed violets, mountain herbs and smoke. It’s soft and eshy in feel, featuring ripe black fruits oset by brisk acids and salty mineral tones. A layer of grippy tannins lingers yet doesn’t get in the way of Il Moro’s vibrant personality, as it tapers o to hints of licorice and currants. While already showing quite well, a year of cellaring should help often the expression while unlocking further depths.
NERO D’AVOLA TANE’ 2014 – 91 PTS
The 2014 Nero d’Avola Tané lulls you with a dark and rich aromatic display of crushed plums, brown spice, tobacco and wild herbs. There are depths of silky, enveloping textures here, oset by a bitter twang of sour cherry, minerals and salty acids. While coming across as fully mature, the 2014 remains vibrant and fresh throughout, as hints of residual tannins frame a lasting note of black licorice.
NERO D’AVOLA TANE’ 2013 – 90 PTS
Lavender-laced blackberries, grilled citrus, sage, brown spice and hints of animal musk create a darkly alluring bouquet as the 2013 Nero d’Avola Tané unfolds in the glass. While aromatically thrilling, it takes a turn toward singular purity on the palate, where soft textures esh out to reveal mineral-tinged tart cherries. A subtle layer of ne tannin lingers, along with inner rose notes and hints of balsamic spice. The 2013 is a pretty eort with an almost fragile feel to it. It’s drinking well today, but don’t expect to keep this in your cellar for much longer than another year or two.
CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA IRI DA IRI 2013 – 91 PTS
The 2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Iri da Iri captivates the senses with a bouquet of dried roses, plum sauce, cherry, rubbed sage and hints of ash. It’s silky and pliant in feel, oering ripe black fruits lifted by cooling herbal tones and brisk acids. This tapers o long with a staining of tart woodland berries, notes of tobacco, mint and a layer of ne tannins that only comes forward at the bitter end. While a bit drying at the close, there’s still so much pleasure to be found in the 2013 Iri da Iri
VINOUS – IAN D’AGATA
Valle dell’Acate 2018 Il Frappato di Vittoria 2018 – 93 points
Bright red. Inviting, perfumed aromas of violet, pomegranate, nutmeg and cilantro. Then lovely and lively in the mouth too, with similar flavors to the aromas. Finishes long and clean, with a vibrant peppery quality. Very different from the 2017 Frappato, but I can see how both will have their respective fans, so I’ll be magnanimous and won’t pick sides.
Valle dell’Acate 2019 Bellifolli Insolia Sicilia – 89
Valle dell’Acate 2019 Zagra Grillo Sicilia – 87
Valle dell’Acate 2019 Bellifolli Bianco Sicilia – 86
Valle dell’Acate 2017 Cerasuolo di Vittoria – 90 points
A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, this offers aromas of dark berry, cedar and Mediterranean scrub. The juicy palate delivers raspberry jam, star anise and tobacco alongside polished tannins. Enjoy through 2023. Kerin O’Keefe
Valle dell’Acate 2013 Iri da Iri – 90 points
This blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato has aromas of coconut, vanilla and dark fruit. The dense palate shows blackberry jam, clove and toasted oak alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2023. Kerin O’Keefe
Valle dell’Acate 2018 Il Frappato – 90 points
This bright red has inviting aromas of red berry, rose petal and Mediterranean scrub. The juicy palate offers strawberry, red cherry and clove alongside silky tannins and fresh acidity. Kerin O’Keefe
Valle dell’Acate 2015 Il Moro Nero d’Avola – 90 points
Made with Nero d’Avola, this opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned berry, Mediterranean brush and cooking spice. The juicy palate offers blackberry jam, star anise and vanilla alongside velvety tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2024. Kerin O’Keefe
Valle dell’Acate 2018 Bellifolli Nero d’Avola – 89 points
This opens with fruity aromas of red berry, star anise and violet. The aromas carry through to the juicy palate alongside notes of black cherry and white pepper. Enjoy soon. Kerin O’Keefe
Bellifolli Grillo&Chardonnay 2018 – IP 91
Il Frappato 2018 – IP 91
Bidis 2016 – IP 90
Zagra 2018 – IP 90
Bellifolli Insolia 2018 – IP 90
Bellifolli Syrah 2018 – IP 90
Bellifolli Nero d’avola 2018 – IP 90
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2017 – IP 90
Nero d’avola Il Moro 2017 – IP 88
Valle dell’Acate 2018 Il Frappato Vittoria – 93 pts
Bright red. Inviting, perfumed aromas of violet, pomegranate, nutmeg and cilantro. Then lovely and lively in the mouth too, with similar flavors to the aromas. Finishes long and clean, with a vibrant peppery quality. Very different from the 2017 Frappato, but I can see how both will have their respective fans, so I’ll be magnanimous and won’t pick sides.
Valle dell’Acate 2017 Il Frappato Vittoria – 93 pts
Luminous pale red color; this is really very pretty to look at. Perfumed, bright and penetrating aromas and flavors of red berries, cinnamon, coriander, lavender and minerals. Finishes with a building flinty quality and a note of licorice. A lovely Frappato with a very saline touch at the back; it’s a remarkable, very fresh, example given the rather hot year.
Valle dell’Acate 2017 Cerasuolo di Vittoria – 92 pts
Bright full red. Wild aromas and flavors of red cherry, spices and potpourri. Supple and nicely sweet but not as fleshy as I might have expected in what was generally a hot year. Good acidity underscores the wine’s spicy character and provides grip to the finish. A pretty wine that showcases the hot year by finishing a little high in alcohol.
Valle dell’Acate 2017 Grillo Zagra – 90 pts
Vivid green-tinged color. Yellow fruits, herbs and white flowers on the nose. Rich and tactile, with a increasingly chewy texture and good depth of flavor. Initially dominated by floral and herbal notes, this showed more interesting flavors of lime, pear and oatmeal as it opened in the glass. Finishes with building tannins.
Valle dell’Acate 2016 Chardonnay Bidis – 88 pts
Dark yellow. Big hazelnutty, buttery and vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Ripe citrus nuances emerge slowly on the slightly chunky back end.
Valle dell’Acate 2018 Zagra Grillo – 87 pts
Straw-green. Easygoing aromas and flavors of apple and herbs, but perhaps a touch dilute. Nicely pliant on the rather simple, medium-long finish.
WEINWELT – june 2019
2013 Valle dell’Acate Tané Nero d’Avola, Vittoria DOC – 92 points
2017 Bellifolli Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola, Sicilia DOC – 90 points
FALSTAFF SICILIEN TASTING 2019
Tanè Nero d’Avola Vittoria Doc 2013: 93 points
Il Frappato Vittoria Doc 2017: 92 points
Iri da Iri Classico Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2013: 92 points
Bellifolli Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC 2017: 91 points
Bidis Chardonnay Sicilia DOC 2014: 91 points
Bellifolli Syrah Sicilia DOC 2017: 90 points
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG 2015: 90 points
Zagra Grillo Sicilia DOC 2018: 90 points
Il Moro Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC 2015: 89 points
Bellifolli Grillo&Chardonnay Sicilia DOC 2018: 86 points
Bellifolli Insolia Sicilia DOC 2018: 86 points
2017 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Grillo Zagra: 88 points
2017 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Vittoria Il Frappato: 88+ points
2015 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico: 89 points
2015 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Grillo Zagra: 90 points
2015 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Nero d’Avola Il Moro: 89 points
2015 Valle dell’Acate Vittoria Frappato Il Frappato: 90 points
2014 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Bidis: 89 points
2014 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Grillo Zagra: 88 points
2013 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico: 91+ points
2013 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Iri da Iri: 92+ points
2013 Valle dell’Acate Frappato: 89 points
2013 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Bidis: 88 points
Il Frappato 2016: 90 points
Zagra 2016: 88 points
Il Moro Nero d’Avola 2014: 87 points
Tané 2013: 85 points
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014: 85 points
Sicilia Grillo Zagra 2016
Innovare nella tradizione senza tradire il terroir questa molto semplicemente la filosofia produttiva della cantina di Francesco Ferreri dell’Anguilla e Gaetana Jacono che conta su cento ettari vitati ad Acate nel ragusano. Il Grillo Zagra 2016 si esprime al naso con sentori che rimandano alla frutta a polpa gialla e agli agrumi, in bocca colpisce invece per la buona espressione del frutto governato da una vivace acidità che lo accompagna anche per tutto il lungo finale.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014
Frutta a bacca nera e mallo di noce sono al centro del ventaglio olfattivo di questo vino, che presenta tannini vellutati e lunga e piacevole chiusura speziata.
Sicilia Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2014
Gaetana Jacono e Francesco Ferreri ci hanno sorpreso con un Nero d’Avola moderno ed equilibrato, che mette in evidenza tannini levigati e pomposità della materia, ed una freschezza che accompagna il sorso fino ad una godibilissima chiusura speziata.
Vittoria Tané 2013
Grande vino di territorio con frutti rossi e carruba ad interessare l’olfatto, mentre sapidità e finezza del tannino completano il bellissimo profilo organolettico.
Valle dell’Acate è la perfetta sintesi tra antica tradizione e natura che si combinano in modo da dare ai vini che sono espressione non solo del territorio ma di una qualità riconosciuta ormai a livello internazionale. E se la natura fa la sua parte, non bisogna trascurare l’impiego delle tecnologie più avanzate grazie alle quali Valle dell’Acate riesce a produrre diverse tipologie di vino, dal Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG alle DOC Sicilia Zagra di Grillo, agli IGT Sicilia Il Moro di Nero d’Avola, Rusciano di Syrah, Bidis di Chardonnay e Tané, quest’ultimo ottenuto da una selezione delle migliori uve di Nero d’Avola delle vendemmie importanti. Ci troviamo tra Acate, Comiso e Vittoria, precisamente a Feudo Bidini. Al gestirla Gaetana Jacono, che rappresenta la sesta generazione della famiglia. Vari i progetti portati avanti dalla cantina, non ultimo quello sulla sostenibilità. Zagra è il nome Grillo degustato, dai vigneti che si trovano sulla costa e suoli argillosi. La nota iodata è dunque predominante insieme a sentori floreali, in particolare di zagara. La parte fruttata si esprime con note di agrumi. Palato fresco con una media alcolicità e una dosata sapidità. Il Frappato, proveniente dai vigneti che si trovano nella parte bianca a circa 100 metri di altitudine grazie alle caratteristiche del suolo nero composto da ciottoli bianchi, regala una complessità di profumi e una buona freschezza.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 (3 stelle)
Sicilia Chardonnay Bidis 2014 (3 stelle)
Sicilia Grillo Zagra 2014 (2 stelle)
Sicilia Nero d’Avola Il moro 2014 (2 stelle)
Sicilia Syrah Rusciano 2013 (3 stelle)
Vittoria Frappato Il Franato 2016 (2 stelle)
Vittoria Nero d’Avola Tanè 2013 (2 stelle)
VITA | A pochi chilometri dalla cittadina di Acate, scendendo lungo la piana un tempo solcata da abbondanti acque fluviali, si arriva in quest’azienda di solide radici vitivinicole. Lo testimoniano gli antichi e ben conservati edifici, quali il palmento e la grande dispensa dove veniva fatto confluire il mosto. Il presente è quello di una moderna realtà imprenditoriale gestita dalle famiglie Jacono (viticoltori da sei generazioni) e Ferreri.
VIGNE | Giuseppe Jacono e Ottavio Ferreri, entrambi agronomi, sovrintendo alla conduzione dei vigneti che si estendono in lungo e in largo in contrada Bidini. Dal 2001 buona parte dei 100 ettari di proprietà sono stati ripiantati con gli autoctoni frappato e nero d’Avola. Nel frattempo è andato sviluppandosi un progetto di selezione dei suoli e delle vigne della tenuta, finalizzato a individuare il terreno più idoneo per ognuno dei vini prodotti.
VINI| Il Vittoria Frappato 2016 presenta profumi fruttati, con accenno di pepe nero e bocca di ottima corrispondenza, freschezza e durevolezza: si conferma per l’ennesima volta uno dei vini di spicco di Valle dell’Acate, con cui collaborano gli enologi Giuseppe Romano e Carlo Casavecchia.
Buona anche la prova de Il Moro 2014 che esprime in modo equilibrato, tannici compresa, la territorialità del nero d’Avola. Elementi parietali e pienezza delle componenti fruttate emergono anche nel Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014, succoso e persistente, e nel come al solito muscoloso Tané 2013. Per i vini affinati in legno forse influisce un loro uso più mirato e garbato rispetto al passato. Completa la gamma il grillo in purezza Zagra 2016, dai consueti sentori floreali e dalla bocca minerale.
Se in questi anni stiamo assistendo alla rinascita e alla riscoperta dell’unica Docg siciliana, il Cerasuolo di Vittoria, una consistente fetta di merito va indubbiamente a Gaetana Jacono e Francesco Ferreri, co-titolari di Valle dell’Acate. Al di là dell’eccellente lavoro di comunicazione svolto, sono i vini a farsi valere. Vince la Corona il Cerasuolo Classico, fine e complesso, con i suoi profumi di frutta rossa, rosa fresca e balsamici, che si muove sul palato morbido ed elegante come la seta. Tané e Nero d’Avola di classe, fatto a immagine e somiglianza di Gaetana, cui è dedicato. Concentrato e ricco di frutto Il Moro, Nero d’Avola solare. Fresco e varietale Il Frappato.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Docg Classico 2014 | 4 stelle, la corona
Vittoria Doc Nero d’Avola Tané 2013 | 4 stelle
Sicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2014 | 3 stelle
Vittoria Doc Frappato 2016 | 3 stelle
Sicilia Doc Grillo Zagra 2016 | 3 stelle
Una bellissima realtà di oltre cento ettari risalente all’Ottocento, distesa nella grande vallata ai piedi della città di Acate, solcata dal fiume Dirillo e punteggiata dai tipici muretti a secco. Oggi la casa vinicola vede al timone, in rappresentanza delle due
famiglie proprietarie, Gaetana Jacono e Francesco Ferreri. Qui la storia e la modernità si intrecciano. simboleggiate dal fascinoso antico palmento e dalla moderna
cantina. Alta qualità e carattere dei vini (territoriali e non) contraddistinguono
tutta la produzione. Finale per il Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014, denso e luminoso, che affascina per le nitide sfumature di ciliegie sotto spirito, petali di rosa, erbe aromatiche e per la bocca succosa e tonica di grande eleganza. In gran forma pure Il Moro 2014 da nero d’Avola, fine e accattivante, caratterizzato da note di frutti neri maturi e da tannini rotondi, e il vigoroso Tané 2014, da nero d’Avola e syrah.
2016 Il Frappato: 92 score
A beautiful red with dried strawberry and citrus fruit undertones. Medium body, light tannins and a bright and fresh finish. I love the tangy and crisp acidity at the end. Drink now.
2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G Classico: 92 score
Here is a red with pretty raspberry and floral components to the nose. Medium body, integrated tannins and a fine finish. It’s all about finesse here. Drink now or hold.
2016 Zagra-Grillo: 92 score
This has an edge of lively acidity and lots of crisp, dried fruits such as lemon and lime. Full body, yet bright and lively. Real grillo! Drink now.
2014 Il Moro-Nero d’Avola: 90 score
A lightly spiced nero d’avola with notes of blackberries, licorice and some crushed violets. Full body, round tannins and a fruity finish. Sour cherry flavors, too. Drink now.
2013 Tanè-Nero d’Avola: 92 score
Wonderful aromas of Chinese spices, mulberries, truffles, crunchy red cherries and hints of rosemary and smoke. Full body and ripe yet dusty and well-structured tannins. A fine line of acidity and an opulent but driven finish. Drink now.
2016 Il Frappato: 90 points
This bright and fragrant wine opens with red-skinned berry, rose petal and exotic spice aromas. It’s juicy and savory, evoking strawberry, red cherry and clove on the palate, with silky tannins and fresh acidity providing lift.
2014 Il Moro-Nero d’Avola: 89 points
Ripe black-skinned berry, sun-baked earth and cooking spice aromas lead the nose in this 100% Nero d’Avola. The firm palate offers dried blackberry, licorice and leather notes alongside fine-grained tannins. Enjoy through 2021.
2013 Tanè-Nero d’Avola: 88 points
This 100% Nero d’Avola opens with ripe plum, toast and vanilla aromas that carry over to the dense palate together with blackberry jam, licorice and mocha notes. Close-grained tannins give it a firm, astringent finish. Drink through 2021.
2016 Tenuta Ibidini Nero d’Avola: 88 points
Mature black-skinned berry, licorice and white pepper aromas lead the nose of this fresh, juicy Nero d’Avola. The palate recalls fleshy blackberry and black cherry jam, rounded with smooth, ripe tannins. Enjoy soon.
2013 Il Moro-Nero d’Avola: 88 points
Made from 100% Nero d’Avola, this has ripe blackberry, tilled earth and clove aromas. The juicy palate offers blueberry jam, vanilla and leather touches alongside velvety tannins. Drink through 2020.
2015 Il Frappato: 90 points
Bright and savory, this opens with enticing aromas of wild berry, fragrant blue flower, rose and a whiff of exotic spice. The silky, easy-drinking palate offers succulent Marasca cherry, black raspberry, white pepper and a hint of clove alongside lithe tannins and fresh acidity.
2015 Zagra-Grillo: 88 points
Fragrant lemon blossom, citrus, beeswax and almond aromas carry over to the bright palate along with juicy lime, nectarine zest and dried herb. It finishes on a tangy saline note.
2008 Il Moro Limited Edition: 92 points
Ripe dark-skinned berry, underbrush, new oak, vanilla leather, sage and cured meat aromas meld in the glass. The full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, raisin, fig, licorice and exotic spice alongside velvety tannins.
2016 Zagra Grillo: 93 points
Pale straw. Clean fresh and deep aromas of grapefruit, sage and fennel complicate notes of white peach apple and pear; strikes me as a very complex nose. Then rich, dense and suave but very well delineated and vibrant on the long, juicy and mineral back end. 100% Grillo grown on clay-sandy soils near the sea, this is a knockout wine, one of the best I have tasted from Valle dell’Acate in recent times.
2014 Nero d’Avola Il Moro – 92 points
Dark red. Perfumed scents of black cherry, violet, licorice and cardamom, with a tarry nuance adding complexity. Sappy, penetrating and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed but light on their feet dark fruit flavors. A big, rich wine that features smooth tannins and lingering violet perfume on the long finish. This is really quite good and so well balanced you can’t really tell it has 14% alcohol.
2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria – 89 points
Good full ruby-red. Raspberry, dark cherry and sassafras, with hints of violet and smoke. Fleshy and smooth in texture, offering spicy dark berry, cocoa and balsamic oil flavors. Finishes slightly chunky, with very good length. (13.5% alcohol).
2013 Cerasuolo di Vittoria – 92+ points
Bright red-ruby. Delicately smoky aromas of red fruits, plum, camphor and herbs, lifted by a bright floral nuance. Enters plush and gentle, then a little tighter in the middle, showing very good focus to the plum and black cherry flavors. A pliant, shapely wine with outstanding sweetness, inner-mouth floral perfume and fine-grained tannins.
2013 Nero d’Avola Tanè – 91+ points
Inky-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cola, chocolate syrup and anise, with a spicy topnote. Weighty, ripe dark berry flavors pick up a peppery note with aeration. Finishes creamy and quite long, with lingering cocoa and vanilla flavors and suave
tannins. Hides its 14% alcohol well, but strikes me as being less refined than the 2014 Il Moro.
2013 Nero d’Avola Il Moro – 90 points
Good full bright red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, violet, tobacco and a hint of marzipan. Fresh and flavorful, offering easygoing flavors of dark berries and plum complicated by hints of licorice and tobacco. Long and bright on the floral finish. Silkier and fresher than the overripe 2012 Il Moro.
2011 Tanè: 92 punkte
Rotwein 2011: die Besten aus “Sizilien 2016: Die Eleganz des Sudens”
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2013, Silver Awards
Sicilia Nero d’Avola DOC Tenuta Ibidini
Sicilia Nero d’Avola IGT Tané
Sicilia Nero d’Avola DOC Il Moro
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
Vittoria Frappato DOC Il Frappato
2015 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria, 93 points – Bright dark ruby. Piercing, perfumed aromas of red cherry, candied plum, licorice and violet, complicated by peppery spices. Tangy and sharply delineated, delivering terrific cut and clarity to vibrant red berry flavours lifted by herbs and pepper. Finishes brightly tannic and long, offering lingering licorice and plum echoes. Knockout wine that can be enjoyed slightly chilled.
2015 Valle dell’Acate Grillo Zagra, 90 points – Luminous yellow. Spicy, fragrant aromas of lemon, fresh herbs, tangerine oil and iris. Fresh, juicy and concentrated, offering vibrant citrus and herbal flavours, plus hints of iodine and quinine. The long, floral finish has outstanding focus and energy.
2014 Valle dell’Acate Chardonnay Bidis, 85 points – Also recommended.
2013 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 92+ points – Bright red-ruby. Delicately smoky aromas of red fruits, plum, camphor and herbs, lifted by a bright floral nuance. Enters plush and gentle, then a little tighter in the middle, showing very good focus to the plum and black cherry flavors. A pliant, shapely wine with outstanding sweetness, inner-mouth floral perfume and fine-grained tannins.
2013 Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Il Moro, 90 points – Good full bright red. Sexy aromas of red cherry, violet, tobacco and a hint of marzipan. Fresh and flavorful, offering easygoing flavors of dark berries and plum complicated by hints of licorice and tobacco. Long and bright on the floral finish. Silkier and fresher than the overripe 2012 Il Moro.
2002 Valle dell’Acate Il Moro Sicilia Rosso, 88 points – Deep aromas of ripe red and black cherry. Offers a rich mouth feel, with just the right touch of spicy black pepper and nutmeg to prevent the wine from coming off as too easy. Finished with ripe tannins and some complexity. A serious nero d’Avola bottling.
2007 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria, 88 points – (100% frappato) Bright, pale ruby. Very floral aroma of intense, ripe red cherry shows less of the vegetal streak of past vintages. Fruity and fresh on the palate, with deceptive concentration to its sour red cherry, red plum and cranberry flavors; I picked up a charming suggestion of cherry cola. Minerals and a hint of faded violet on the finish. Incidentally, the wine’s color is true to the frappato variety: what a relief to see a producer paying attention to what each grape can naturally deliver, color-wise, rather than giving wine lovers repetive, nonsensical black-hued red wines at every turn.
2007 Valle dell’Acate Tenuta Ibidini Nero d’Avola, 87 points – Medium red. Attractive if uncomplicated aromas of red cherry and redcurrant. Bright and clean on entry, then fresh in the middle, with crunchy red fruit flavors of modest weight and complexity. This would be ideal served slightly chilled in warm weather. Case Ibidini is a second label of this estate.
Valle dell’Acate Grillo Sicilia Zagra 2015 – 90 points
A medium-bodied white with plenty of lemon and light salt 90 character. Hints of stones. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Chardonnay Sicilia Bidis 2014 – 91 points
A dense and rich chardonnay with lots of cooked-apple and lime character. Medium to full body and a fruity finish. Lots going on here. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2013 – 91 points
Fresh berry, rose-petal and citrus character with green-tea 91 undertones. Medium body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Always excellent. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Vittoria Il Frappato 2015 – 91 points
Lots of freshly sliced strawberries on the nose with hints of 91 sliced lemons. Medium body, light tannins, bright acidity and fresh fruit. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Sicilia Il Moro 2013 – 92 points
A dense and pretty red with lots of boysenberry character and spices plus hints of cloves and peppers. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Sicilia Tané 2011 – 92 points
Aromas of berries, dried meat and spices follow through to a medium to full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Very intense yet balanced.
Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Sicilia Il Moro Limited Edition 2012 – 93 points
Tight and chewy style of nero d’avola with firm tannins, lots of berries, black tea and intense fruit. Medium to full body and a fresh finish. Structured. Drink now or hold.
Valle dell’Acate Syrah Sicilia Rusciano 2013 – 88 points
This has a slightly herbal nose with leaves and some blackcurrants and earth. The palate is juicy with some stewed tomato paste. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Sicilia Tané 2011 – 92 points
A tangy red with crushed berry and orange peel aromas. Slight bitterness. Full body, plenty of fruit and fresh finish. Pretty blend of nero d’avola with syrah. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – 92 points
Very floral and fresh with strawberry and cherry. Full body, very fine tannins and a crisp and bright finish. Drink now.
Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Sicilia Il Moro 2012 – 89 points
A fresh and simple nero d’avola with citrus and dried strawberry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Drink now and enjoy.
16,5/18 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2013
16/18 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2015
92 Valle dell’Acate Tané Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2011
91 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012
90 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2014
87 Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2012
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
Vittoria Frappato DOC
Sicilia Nero d’Avola DOC Tenuta Ibidini
Sicilia IGT Nero d’Avola Il Moro
92 Valle dell’Acate Il Moro Limited Edition Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2008
91 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2014
90 Valle dell’Acate Vittoria 2015
89 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012
88 Valle dell’Acate Il Moro Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2012
88 Valle dell’Acate Zagra Grillo 2015
87 Valle dell’Acate Tenuta Ibidini Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2014
87 Valle dell’Acate Tané Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2011
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – 4 Bunches
Tané 2011 – 4 Bunches
Sicilia Chardonnay Bidis 2013 – 4 Bunches
Sicilia Nero D’Avola Il Moro 2012 – 4 Bunches
Vittoria Frappato Il Frappato 2014 – 3 Bunches
Sicilia Grillo Zagra 2014 – 3 Bunches
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Docg 2012 – 90 pts
Sicilia Bianco Bidis Chardonnay Doc 2013 – 90 pts
Sicilia Grillo Zagra Doc 2014 – 89 pts
Sicilia Nero d’Avola Il Moro Doc 2012 – 88 pts
Vittoria Il Frappato Frappato Doc 2014 – 88 pts
Tané Nero d’Avola Sicilia Igt 2011 – 92 pts
Vittoria Frappato 2014 – Very pleasant, with aromas of red fruits, notes of sage and other vegetable scents; good taste and smell, freshness and persistence
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – Combines typically fruity aromas of vanilla, soft on the palate and long-lasting, allowing for the return of red berry notes.
Il Moro 2012 (Nero d’Avola) – Tannic with wild notes added to the fruit.
Tané 2011 (Nero d’Avola) – Communicates ripe fruit of a structured body.
Zagra 2014 – Floral, fruity and mineral.
Bidis 2013 – Strong.
Vittoria Il Frappato 2014 – 89
Sicilia Il Moro (Limited Edition) 2008 – 88
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – 87
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Docg Classico 2012 – Golden Star
Vittoria Doc Frappato Il Frappato 2014 – 3 Stars
Sicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2012 – 3 Stars
Sicilia Doc Grillo Zagra 2014 – 3 Stars
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – 2 Glasses
Sicilia Bidis 2013 – 2 Glasses
Sicilia Il Moro 2012 – 2 Glasses
Vittoria Il Frappato 2014 – 2 Glasses
Sicilia Zagra 2014 – 1 Glass
Tané 2011 – 1 Glass
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 – 4 Bottles – Leather and ink, oak, smooth and supine to taste, woody tannins are present, but don’t invade the palate, pleasant notes of china and rhubarb
Sicilia Grillo Zagra 2014 – 3 Bottles
Sicilia Nero D’Avola Il Moro 2012 – 3 Bottles – Bold, lively fruit for 2012, fluid and smooth on the palate, a light touch in the mouth.
Sicilia Nero D’Avola Tané 2011 – 3 Bottles
Vittoria Frappato 2014 – 3 Bottles
Il Frappato 2014 – IP 88
Bidis 2013 – IP 88
Zagra 2014 – IP 87
Tané 2011 – IP 87
Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2012 – IP 86
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012 – IP 86
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Docg Classico 2012 – 87/100
Robe rouge clair, légèrement évoluée. Nez plaisant plutôt épanoui, de petits fruits rouges et d’épices. En bouche une construction axée sur la fraîcheur et le fruit même si la structure est présente à l’arrière-plan. Un vin de caractère pour plats corsés.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Si DOCG r 10 11 13 Medium-bodied red from Frappato/ NERO D’AVOLA in SE of island. Try COS, Nicosia, PLANETA, Valle dell’Acate.
Vinous, December 2015
2014 Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria, 92points – Brigh tred. A fresh red fruit cocktail quality on the nose is utterly irresistible. Then quite spicy and floral on the palate, with juicy red berry and cherry flavors showing insidious sweetness; I found it hard to put my glass down. Finishes clean and long, with a bright floral echo. A stellar Frappato,a variety Valle dell ’Acate has excelled with in the last ten years.
2014 Valle dell’Acate Grillo Zagra, 90 points –Bright straw. Nectarine, clove and medicinal herb aromas are complicated by salty and floral nuances. Then sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests, delivering smooth flavors of winter melon and sweet spices along with a hint of savory underbrush. Finishes fresh and long, with nicely integrated acidity giving the wine a light touch. A very good Grillo wine.
2013 Valle dell’Acate Bidis, 85 points – Also recommended.
2012 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 90 points – Deep ruby-red. Spicy and leafy nuances complicate aromas and flavors of ripe red and black cherry, coffee and cocoa. Polished on the palate, with bright, harmonious acidity and smooth tannins providing solid supporting backbone. The long finish shows a peppery edge.
2012 Valle dell’Acate Nero d’Avola Il Moro, 88 points – Brigh tred. Mineral-tinged aromas of red berries and flowers show a slightly green edge. Then richer and brighter on the palate, with the ripe red fruit flavors complicated by deep herbal and tarry nuances. Finishes a bit hot, with only moderate length for an important wine.
2011 Valle dell’Acate Tané, 87 points – Dark ruby. Over ripe aromas and flavors of dried red cherry, raisins and sweet spices. Enters the mouth soft and ripe, but then turns tough and tannic on the back half. This wine lacks nuance and grace today: is it possible that a couple more years in bottle will help turn it around?
Vinous, 6 November 2015 2014
Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria, 92 points The 2014 Frappato Vittoria opens up with an irresistible fresh red fruit cocktail quality on the nose, followed by very spicy and floral notes, with juicy red berry and cherry. Finishes long and clean with a bright floral echo. A stellar Frappato that makes it impossible to put the glass down. (ID)
Wine Spectator, November 2015
90 Valle dell’Acate Sicilia White Bidis 2013
Sleek acidity frames this medium-bodied white, offering rich notes of pastry cream, honey and toasted brioche, with flavors of baked apricot and lemon curd. Well-knit and balanced, ending with a lightly smoky finish. Chardonnay. Drink nowthrough2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 850 cases made. –A.N.
James Suckling, October 2015
Sicilia Tané 2011 Score 92
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2012 Score 92
Frappato Vittoria Il Frappato 2014 Score 92
Sicilia Bidis Chardonnay 2013 Score 90
Wine Enthusiast, April 2015
92 Valle dell’Acate 2011 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Made from a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, this gorgeous wine offers intense fragrances of blue flower, forest floor, pinesap and woodland berry. The smooth, juicy palate delivers concentrated raspberry and black cherry flavors, with hints of licorice and Mediterranean herbs. Multiple U.S. Importers
Gazza Golosa – Pop Wine Awards – March 2015
Il Frappato Valle dell’Acate took 22nd place in a ranking of the 50 best wines under 15€ during Vinitaly 2015.
Diploma Ecofriendly 2015 – March 2015
Valle dell’ Acate was awarded by Verallia and Vinbuoni d’Italia for the company’s efforts in implementing projects aimed at protecting the territory and its vineyards, as well as implementing energy-saving plans and sustainable wine programs that respect consumers’ health and wellbeing.
Blind Tasting, guided by Antonio Galloni – March 19, 2015
During a roundtable blind tasting event organized by Foragri in Rome on March 19, 2015 entitled “Wine: sustainability and markets,” Antonio Galloni identified and selected 8 superior Italian wines, including Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG Valle dell’Acate
Wine Enthusiast Review, February 24, 2015
Valle dell’Acate 2011 Il Moro Red (Sicilia) 89 points
Aromas recall rose petal, dark berry and orange zest. The palate delivers mature blackberry, cocoa, mocha and a licorice note alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2011 – 4 Bunches
Bidis-Chardonnay 2012 – 4 Bunches
I Vini di Veronelli 2015
Rusciano-Syrah 2011 – 90 pts
Il Moro-Nero d’Avola 2011 – 90 pts
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2011 – 90 pts
Il Frappato 2013 – 88 pts
Bidis-Chardonnay 2012 – 90 pts
Zagra-Grillo 2013 – 88 pts
Guida Essenziale ai Vini d’Italia 2015 – Daniele Cernilli
Tanè 2010 – 90
Vittoria Il Frappato 2013 – 87
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011 – 85
Vinibuoni d’Italia 2015 – Mario Busso, Luigi Cremona
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Docg Classico 2011 – 4 Stars
Il Moro 2011 – 4 Stars
Il Frappato 2013 – 2 Stars
Grillo Zagra 2013 – 2 Stars
Vini d’Italia 2015 Gambero Rosso
Il Moro-Nero d’Avola 2011 – 2 Glasses
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2011 – 2 Glasses
Il Frappato 2013 – 2 Glasses
Bidis-Chardonnay 2012 – 1 Glass
Zagra-Grillo 2013 – 1 Glass
I Vini d’Italia 2015 Le Guide de L’Espresso
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011 – 3 Bottles
Il Moro 2011 – 2 Bottles
Vittoria Insolia 2013 – 2 Bottles
Sicilia Grillo Zagra – 2 Bottles
Annuario dei migliori Vini italiani 2015 Pocket – Luca Maroni
Il Frappato 2013 – IP 90
Rusciano 2011 – IP 87
Nero d’Avola Il Moro 2011 – IP 87
Zagra 2013 – IP 86
Cerasuolo di Vittoria – IP 85
Insolia 2013 – IP 84
Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia 2015 del Corriere della Sera
“Nero d’Avola and Frappato join together to create a wine that consistently offers a very vivid snapshot of the territory, but doesn’t forget to give the right thickness to humoral alternations of individual vintages. It is aged in steel barrels and tonneaux for about a year. The result is a Mediterranean label that, starting from its aromas, never skimps in a broad ranges of feelings, displaying a large floral heritage of rose and geranium. Fruity, juicy and iodine on the palate.”
Guida Vini Eccellenti d’Italia Tavola e gusto edition 2014/2015, November 2014
Bidis di Sicilia D.O.C Chardonnay 2012 Valle dell’Acate: special award “Grappolo d’Oro.”
Wine Spectator, October 31, 2014
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 score 87
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2009 score 87
Frappato Vittoria Il Frappato 2013 score 84
Frappato Vittoria Il Frappato 2012 score 85
Grillo Sicilia Zagra 2013 score 83
Nero d’Avola Sicilia Il Moro 2010 score 86
Sicilia Tané 2010 score 89
James Suckling, October 2, 2014
Chardonnay Sicilia Bidis 2012: “A rich, round wine cooked apple, lemon tart and hints of coconut. Some toffee. Full and oily but fresh and tangy at the finish. This is pure chardonnay. About 50% fermented in wood and the rest in stainless, and six months new-wood aging. Half malo in barrel.” Score 92
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011: “The aromas are enchanting with cardamom, ivy and dark fruits. Subtle and fascinating. Full body, round tannins with a complex aftertaste of ash, smoke, light jam and orange peel. Silky. Intense chalk. Drink or hold.” Score 93
Frappato Vittoria Il Frappato 2013: “This shows aromas of blueberry, forest and salt. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a mineral finish. Goes on for minutes. Tangy and savory. Drink now.” Score 91
Nero D’Avola Sicilia Il Moro 2011: “A refined nero d’avola with dried-cherry, chalk and lemon-rind character. A medium body and a dense structure but lively and agile. Drink now.” Score 91
Insolia Vittoria 2013: “Wonderful freshness and brightness with dried lemon, lime and minerals. Full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. All stainless and giving a pure expression of the grape. Chalky. Drink now.” Score 90
Syrah Sicilia Rusciano 2011: “Lots of tar and space with hints of meat and red fruits on the nose. Eucalyptus and hints of bold balsamic character. Full bodied, round and silky-textured with smoked meat, dark fruit and spice. Some game, too. Excellent finish. Drink now.” Score 92
Sicilia Tanè 2010: “Lots of spicy, toasted-oak and ripe-fruit character. Some coffee bean, too. Full bodied, peppery and spicy with smoked-meat character. Velvety and juicy. Savory. Rich and layered. Drink now. 85% nero d’avola and 15% syrah.” Score 93
Grillo Sicilia Zagra 2013: “Lots of tropical fruit with mango, papaya and salt. Chalky, too. Full body, lots of fruit and flavor and a long, bright finish. Tangy and refreshing. Drink now.” Score 91
Wine Enthusiast review, August 1, 2014
Red (Cerasuolo di Vittoria) 2011: “Made from a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, this gorgeous wine offers intense fragrances of blue flower, forest floor, pine sap and woodland berry. The smooth, juicy palate delivers concentrated raspberry and black cherry flavors, with hints of licorice and Mediterranean herbs.” Kerin O’Keefe. Score 92
Il Frappato (Vittoria Frappato) 2013: “This fragrant, light-bodied and savory Sicilian red opens with intense aromas of blue flower, rose and red berries. The bright, silky palate delivers juicy strawberry, crushed red cherry and white pepper alongside fresh acidity. Chill this for 20 minutes and sip on the deck for a perfect summer red.” Kerin O’Keefe. Score 90
Tanè Nero d’Avola (Sicilia) 2010: “Big and ripe, this Nero d’Avola weaves together blue flower, leather, fleshy blackberry, black cherry, clove, sage, vanilla and subtle oak sensations. The juicy fruit is framed by round, velvety tannins. You’ll also notice a leather, fleshy blackberry, black cherry, clove, sage, vanilla and subtle oak sensations. The juicy fruit is framed by round, velvety tannins. You’ll also notice a warmth on the finish before it closes on a licorice note.” Kerin O’Keefe. Score 90
Il Moro Nero d’Avola (Sicilia) 2011: “This delicious and velvety expression of Nero d’Avola opens with aromas of earth, ripe black berry, leather and clove. The juicy palate offers blackberry pulp and ripe blueberry, accented by a note of unsweetened black licorice.” Kerin O’Keefe. Score 89
Tenuta Ibidini Nero d’Avola (Sicilia) 2013: “Here’s a delightful red that offers fruity aromas of strawberry, wild red cherry and raspberry that carry through to the palate alongside notes of white pepper and mineral. It’s easy drinking, with bright acidity and a smooth texture.” Kerin O’Keefe
Bidis Chardonnay (Sicilia) 2012: “Fermented and aged in barriques, this structured Chardonnay opens with aromas of subtle oak, citrus and lemon drop. The palate delivers fresh acidity and flavors of toast, apple, butterscotch and nut.” Kerin O’Keefe
Wine Enthusiast review, May 26, 2014
Zagra Grillo (Sicilia) 2013: “It opens with pretty aromas of orange blossom and tropical fruit. The palate offers lemon zest, nectarine and white peach with mineral undertone.” Kerin O’Keefe
Insolia (Vittoria) 2013: “Fruit aromas that recall citrus, nectarine, peach and tropical fruit carry over to the round palate. The juicy fruit flavors are supported by fresh acidity, giving this a clean finish.” Kerin O’Keefe
Tenuta Ibidini Insolia (Sicilia) 2013: “Aromas suggest citrus and stone fruit. The juicy palate delivers white peach, green apple and a hint of lemon zest alongside soft but refreshing acidity. It’s simple but well-made with a clean finish.” Kerin O’Keefe
The Wine Advocate, May 2014
Tanè 2010: “The 2010 Tane is the estate’s flagship wine. This well-matched blend of Nero d’Avola and Syrah offers modern touches of dark chocolate and espresso with wild raspberry and cherry at the back. Subtle tones of spice and smoked bacon render a sweetened feel to the close. Tane is a well-executed wine suited for near-term consumption, but it could also see a few more years in the cellar. Drink 2014-2020.” Monica Larner. Score 91
Il Frappato 2013: “The 2013 Vittoria Frappato Il Frappato is an excellent drinking choice. The Il Frappato line is one of my favorite expressions of this Sicilian grape and I always keep a few bottles at home for informal drinking occasions. Raspberry, white cherry and almond paste compete for your attention and provide a lively and cheerful bouquet. Balsam herb and white chocolate make for interesting background notes. The 2013 vintage is slightly less intense compared to recent releases. Drink 2014-2016.” Monica Larner. Score 89
Tasted Journal, May 2014
Bidis IGT 2011: “Light golden colour with a green hue. The nose offers yellow fruit, almond paste, honey and spices. The palate is bone dry, rather full with a rounded texture, generous fruit, vanilla, butterscotch, good freshness and rather long finish” Andreas Larsson. “Medium intense yellow with green hue. Aromatic character on the nose with rather herbal notes, restrained fruit. The palate is well structured with medium weight and length.” Marcus del Monego. Score 86
Tanè IGT 2010: “Medium deep ruby red. Nuanced nose of red berries, fine spices and tobacco with discreet wood, the palate has medium weight, rather elegant fruit, rounded with sweet spices, good freshness, hints of ginger and a long supple finish.” Andreas Larsson “Dark garnet red with almost black centre. Balmy character, discreet spiciness and restrained fruit. On the palate vanilla and balmy notes, medium weight and length, juicy finish.” Marcus del Monego. Score 87.5
The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Docg Valle dell’Acate
Chiara Giovoni, Doctorwine.it, April 2014
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 1996: “Brown color with orange edges, a mushroomy, powdery nose compacted by oxidation but boasting a subtly elegant floral potpourri with a tamarind and orzo-coffee finish. Undoubtedly mauro, but with a certain aristocratic component despite imprecise, probably underestimated winemaking.” Score 88
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2006: A wine that remains vibrant and energetic, with notes of violets and helichrysum, touches of salty Mediterranean herbs and a foundation of black cherries. Capable of changing pace. The wine’s favorable freshness and fruit broaden further on the palate, shifting between ripe medlar fruit and Fuji apple juice. Still convincing.” Score 89
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2007: “A wine that is attractive and pleasant already to the nose, boasting vegetal hints of myrtle and laurel against crisp, mature cherry and mulberry aromas. The taste is Mediterranean, but without excessive heat, providing a pleasant harmony of notes of marjoram, dried tomatoes and plums in the finish. Beautiful personality.” Score 88
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009: “The wine benefits in elegance, but this 2009 is so subtle and balsamic that in truth it loses a little of its identity as a Cerasuolo once it is in the glass. It is the least Sicilian, and can even be a bit unsettling: notes of black currant, pomegranate and raspberry, with fine flavor and a foundation of boxwood.” Score 87
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010: “A wine that expresses its vocation: pleasant and boasting good complexity, with room to age further in the bottle, yet without necessarily needing to wait before it’s ready. Enjoyable and bright.” Score 88
Luca Gardini, Andrea Grignaffini, Alessandro Franceschini, Federico Menetto, Marco Tonelli, GazzaGolosa premio #PopWine, best 50 italian wines under 50€, April 2014
Il Frappato 2013, 40th place
Bidis 2011 – 4 Bunches
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 – 4 Bunches
Tané 2010 – 4 Bunches
I Vini di Veronelli 2014
Tané 2010 – 92 pts
Cerasuolo Di Vittoria Classico 2010 – 90 pts
Il Moro 2010 – 88 pts
Rusciano 2010 – 89 pts
Il Frappato 2012 – 87 pts
Vini d’Italia 2014 Gambero Rosso
Tané 2010 – 2 Glasses
Cerasuolo Di Vittoria Classico 2010 – 2 Glasses
Il Moro 2010 – 2 Glasses
Rusciano 2010 – 1 Glass
Il Frappato 2012 – 2 Glasses
Bidis 2011 – 2 Glasses
Annuario Dei Migliori Vini D’Italia 2014 – Luca Maroni
Tané 2010 – 90IP
Il Moro 2010 – 88IP
Rusciano 2010 – 88IP
Il Frappato 2012 – 88IP
Zagra 2012 – 87IP
Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia 2014 del Corriere della Sera
“Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico – Frequently at the top of its denomination, Gaetana Jacono’s Cerasuolo impersonates the two vine varieties, Nero d’Avola and the Frappato, in the best way. Bright, it combines perfectly delicate and ripe notes of red fruits with Mediterranean and salty touches. Refined in the tannin plot, the wine is a happy example of warmth and elegance. It matures in steel and tonneaux for one year.”
Vini Di Sicilia 2014 Giornale Di Sicilia
Rusciano 2010 – 5 Stars
Il Frappato 2012 – 3 Stars
Bidis 2011 – 4 Stars
Zagra 2012 – 3 Stars
James Suckling, December 2013
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010: “Silky and delicious with blueberry and cherry character. Hints of tangerines too. Medium body, light tannins and a tangy finish. Delicious. Drink now.” Score 92
Il Moro 2010: “This is so floral and pretty on the palate with hints of lemons and other citrus fruits. Tangy. Medium body and a delicious finish. Drink now.” Score 91
Rusciano 2010: “Beautiful aromas of flowers and blueberries follow through to a full body, fresh acidity and firm tannins. A delicate and delicious wine. Drink now.” Score 90
Tané 2010: “I love the spice, toasted oak, flower and berry character. Full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Very subtle and impressive. This is nero d’avola and syrah.” Score 93
Vittoria Insolia 2012: “A wine with pretty dried apples and pears and hints of minerals. Chalky texture. Full body, fresh acidity and a clean finish. Drink now.” Score 91
Zagra 2012: “Wow. Lots of wonderful sliced peaches, ripe pears and some grapefruit. Full body with bright acidity and a long and flavorful finish. One of the best Grillos in Sicily. Drink now.” Score 92
Il Frappato 2012: “A fresh and fruity red like a rich rosè. Full body, light tannins and a clean and creamy finish. Loads of floral character. Drink now.” Score 90
The Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2013
“An Italian Red Wine’s Star Turn,” “Three of the best were the lively and lithe 2011 Valle dell’Acate Case Ibidini” Nero D’Avola 2011 (Lettie Tiague)
The New York Times, August 12, 2013
“From Sicily, Reds Worth the Hunt,” “…No. 4 was the 2012 Vittoria Frappato from Valle Dell’Acate, floral, harmonious and our best value.” Il Frappato 2012 (Eric Asimov)
“Complete aromas of lavender, blackberry and dark chocolate follow through to a full body, with round, soft tannins and a long finish. 90 Points Tane’ 2004” (James Suckling)
Wine Spectator rated the following wines at:
Tanè 2004 (90/100)
Zagra 2009 (88/100)
Case Ibidini Syrah 2007 (87/100)
Case Ibidini Nero d’Avola 2007 (85/100)
Great Wines of Italy 2013
“…This is a producer who does wondrous wines with such grape types as Cerasuolo and Frappato, not to mention Nero d’Avola. These are delicate and subtle wines that are reminiscent of red Burgundies in texture but offer special aromatic and flavor profiles.Tane’ 2010 “Score 92”; Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG classico 2010 “Score 91”; Il Frappato Vittoria DOC 2012 ” Score 90” (James Suckling).
The authoritative international wine guide Wine Advocate, headed by Robert Parker, has included Valle dell’Acate in its list of companies that can boast an average score of 90 points or higher.
Antonio Galloni evaluated the company’s wines and expressed the following opinion:
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG CLASSICO 2008 (92/100) “This matrimony works wonderfully well. Il Frappato adds freshness and verve to the dark fruits of the Nero d’Avola…Mint, licorice and spices develop in the mid-palate and in the finale, adding further complexity.”
Il Moro 2008 (90/100) “Il Moro 2008 reveals the dark side of Nero d’Avola in its wild black cherries, flowers, leather and licorice. The wine offers excellent length and a generally refined equilibrium. An explosion of ripe fruits and juicy prunes marks the finale.”
Il Frappato DOC Vittoria 2010 (91/100) “The 2010 Il Frappato is a splendid wine marked by extremely expressive aromas. It demonstrates formidable depth on the palate, and several of wine’s most feminine qualities. This can be emphasized if it is served slightly chilled during hot summer months.”
Zagra 2010 (91/100) “The Zagra 2010 conquers the palate with its strong personality. Juicy apricots, peaches and jasmine are just a few of the subtleties that linger over a multi-dimensional finish. This is a perfect example of a Sicilian white wine that can take your breath away.”
The Wine Enthusiast
Il Moro – 87 points
Il Frappato – 88 points
International Wine Cellar
Rusciano 2006 (90/100)
Il Moro 2005 (89/100)
Tane’ 2005 (88/100)
Il Frappato 2007 (88/100)
Zagra 2007 (87/100)
Case Ibidini Nero d’Avola 2007 (87/100)
The New York Times, International Herald Tribune (The Female Factor)
“Growing beyond the Fields” “…She (GJ) said that in Sicily, the top selling women wine makers, of which there are several, “are tight” and often travel together…” (Elisabetta Povoledo)
Decanter, The world’s best wine magazine
“An explosive mixture of passion, pride and a keen sense of challenge encouraged Gaetana Jacono to asset herself as a woman wine maker in Sicily, where tradition is still deeply rooted.” (Michele Shah)
The world of Sicilian Wine
“She has been a highly visible member of the younger generation of Sicilians who during the 1990s helped push Sicilian wine out of its bulk wine past. The VDA estate has been and remains a champion of varietal Frappato.” (Bill Nesto MW, Frances Di Savino)
I Vini di Veronelli 2013
Tanè 2005 IGT Sicilia (93/100)
Rusciano IGT Sicilia (89/100)
Il Moro 2009 IGT Sicilia (89/100)
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2009 (90/100)
Il Frappato 2011 DOC Vittoria (88/100)
Insolia 2011 Vittoria DOC (88/100)
Zagra IGT Sicilia 2011 (89/100)
Bidis 2009 (90/100)
Vini d’Italia 2013 Gambero Rosso
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2009 – 2 Glasses
Il Moro 2009 IGT Sicilia – 2 Glasses
Il Frappato 2011 DOC Vittoria – 2 Glasses
Insolia 2011 Vittoria DOC – 1 Glasses
Zagra IGT Sicilia 2011 – 2 Glasses
Bidis 2009 – 2 Glasses
I Vini d’Italia 2013 Le Guide de L’Espresso
“Alongside a Cerasuolo that is consistently one of the highest quality wines among the entire DOCG range, they produce a range of modern wines, including an eternally graceful Il Frappato and a white Zagra made with autochthonous vines that is appreciable for both freshness and flavor.”
Zagra 2011 a 3-bottle rating “fresh and carefree in suggesting hints of citrus, with a certain saline personality in the mouth and displaying a light, pleasant flavor”
Vittoria Frappato 2011 – 2 bottle rating
“…the least southern of Sicilian reds for its fruity notes without heaviness, Cerasuolo classic 2009 …. tells what the glass can express of the vineyards of the island in the hands of a new generation of young and capable vintners.” (Fiammetta Fadda)
Corriere della Sera (November 2012)
“Each land is single and Gaetana Jacono has seven… The hyperactive Gaetana Jacono, turns around the seven Feudo Ibidini territories. Each land gives us a different wine and each wine tells us the story of that land…” (Luciano Ferraro)
Io Donna, a women’s magazine published by Corriere della Sera
“She was a Pharmacist, today she runs the Valle dell’Acate Wine Cellar. She fights to rescue ancient Sicilian grapes like frappato and nero d’avola for Cerasuolo di Vittoria… a female-run company that gives sensuality back to the land.”
The New York Times, November 11, 2009
“Gathering at the Table, Bottles in Hand,” Il Frappato 2008 (Eric Asimov).