Syrah etichetta rossa

Syrah etichetta rossa

Colour: ruby red.
Bouquet: wild berries, enveloping and penetrating, aromatic persistence.
Taste: balanced, round and persistent


White meats, roasts and mild cheeses.


Varietal: Syrah 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North-West

Altitude: 250 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 2000

Harvest: September

Yield: 70 hl/hectare

Vinification and ageing: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, in cement vats. Up to 8 days of temperature controlled maceration.

Ageing: 1 year in cement vats and 6 month in bottles

Capacity: 75 cl. - 150 cl.

  • My thoughts
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This is the first of three Syrah that we produce. I therefore consider it the company's calling card. We produce 55,000 bottles of it.

This bottle of Syrah has changed its label in recent years, too often in some people's opinion, but now, graphics permitting, I think it should have its final label.

Conceptually, I consider it a wine bar wine, as an aperitif, in any case not to be drunk as the only wine of the evening.

The grapes come from three different plots, with different heights and exposures and are harvested in three periods, in order to impart fresh fruit aromas built on a good structure, which give them those characteristics of fresh wine that you can even drink at a temperature of 16° degrees.

The same principle holds true for this wine as for the Nero d'Avola. It is the red that we produce most of and therefore we give it our maximum attention, because more people will drink it.

The grapes are chilled before vinification, the extraction of colour is therefore done cold and only then does the fermentation with the skins begin, for a period ranging between 4 and 8 days, in order to avoid excessive extraction of tannins, which is not necessary for this type of wine.

If the Don Pietro white can be described as a picnic wine, then I think this red also has the same concept, and should ideally be drunk outdoors.

  • Wine Spectator magazine (October 31, 2014) - Alhambra Syrah 2012 - 86 Points
  • Wine Spectator magazine (October 31, 2014) - Syrah 2010 - 85 Points
  • Wine Enthusiast 03-2013 - Syrah 2010 - 88 Points **Best Buy**