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This is a red grape (Nero d’Avola) fermented off the skins to make a white wine. The 2017 Bianco di Morgante shows that ghostly white appearance that you always get with this unique winemaking process. These wines tend to show even less color than your lightest white wine made from white grapes (that always have some color pigment to impart off the skins). This pretty wine offers attractive aromas of stone peach and natural rubber. There is a shiny, almost glossy quality to the wine. It shows a lean mouthful with bright acidity and freshness. You do feel the 13.5% alcohol. This wine has no official appellation. Some 40,000 bottles were made
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The Morgante winery represents one family's initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience. In 1994, Antonio Morgante, with the enthusiasm of his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their vineyard grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes while keeping an eye toward innovation. In 1997, the family hired Riccardo Cotarella as their winemaker. Cotarella, widely recognized for his work crafting compelling wines from Italy's native varietals, shares the Morgante passion for producing great red wines from Nero d'Avola.
The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily, a hilly region located about 1200-1800 feet above sea level and just 45 miles from the splendid Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. The property comprises 500 acres of vineyards and almond trees, and the region is ideal for viticulture, with a Mediterranean climate and soil that ranges from clay and calcareous to marl.