92 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Cerasuolo di Vittoria is 70% Nero d'Avola (aged in oak) and 30% Frappato (aged in steel), a marriage that works beautifully. The Frappato adds freshness and verve to the dark fruit of the Nero d'Avola. Menthol, licorice and spices develop on the mid-palate and finish, adding further complexity. This is another marvelous wine from Valle dell'Acate. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."
"This is a superb set of wines from Valle dell'Acate. Not only are the wines delicious, the best bottles deliver incredible value as well. The estate uses only their best hillside plots for the Valle dell'Acate label, while the vineyards in the plains are used for the entry-level Case Ibidini range." 92 points - Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate
"Concentrated, youthful ruby. Slow to open up. Lots of concentration and persistent, fine and lingering tannin. Very well made, but slightly anonymous. Wait. (WS)" 16.5 points out of 20, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"The estate's Cerasuolo di Vittoria is made of a blend of seventy percent Nero d'Avola and thirty percent Frappato, with the Nero d'Avola spending time in predominantly used barrique prior to bottling. The wine receives eight to nine more months of aging in bottle prior to release, allowing for the traditionally broad and velvety style of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to emerge prior to release. This is a full-bodied and complex wine, combining the dark spice notes of Nero d'Avola with the high-toned floral aspects of the Frappato. This harmonious blend displays supple tannins and sound acids to keep the wine fresh and bouncy on the palate." -Importer
"The Sicilian winery of Valle dell'Acate has a long and storied history amongst the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily's famous blood oranges. Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono, many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily which are farmed organically. The estate produces one of the finest examples of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, traditionally Sicily's greatest wine. Cerasuolo di Vittoria was the first red wine in all of Sicily to achieve DOCG status, and to this day it continues to be one of Sicilyâs greatest reds." -Importer
CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA DOCG:
"Il Cerasuolo di Vittoria D.O.C.G. was the first Sicilian red wine to win DOC recognition in 1973. Its roots are very ancient, as evidenced by the jars (4th-3rd centuries BC) uncovered in the archaeological excavations of Camarina and relics from ships that sank in the gulf. To trace its production, we must go back to the year 1600 when the city of Vittoria was founded by Vittoria Colonna, who promised two hectares of land to the first 75 colonists on the condition that each plant a vineyard. This contributed to starting the wine business that has been very active to this day." -Importer
This was also rated 87 points by the International Wine Cellar.