Juice 2012 Marsala, Riserva, Curatolo Arini
Grape 60% Grillo , 30% Catarratto, 10% Inzolia
Farming Traditional, Vegan
Tasting Note Notes of bitter almonds, sultanas and vanilla. On the palate, it is smooth and elegant and rich in body with intense flavours of dried fruit and nuts and a long, dry finish.
Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest familyowned Marsala producing business. Their stunning label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous architect in Palermo in the latter part of the 19th century and is very much in the art deco style. The new range of wines under the Curatolo Arini label showcases a great expression of native Sicilian varieties.
We just love the wonderful, rich history surrounding the region of Marsala along with this style of Oxidative wine. It has a sherryesque quality about it though a personality that is distinctly Sicilian. It has a certain creaminess on the palate, an elegance and a silky smoothness about it. If it were a person we’d liken it to the quintessential Italian barman, classy, soave and charming.
The beauty of Marsala is not only can you pair shite loads of different flavours it’s also brilliant to cook with. The above is at the drier end of the spectrum hence the word ‘secco’ found on the label. Best used in savoury cooking, they are commonly used for reductions and caramelising. Onions, shallots, and garlic are often added at the start. Once the wine has achieved a syrupy consistency, herbs and spices (even mushrooms) are then thrown in. Great for braising when mixed with butter and olive oil, this wine lends its name to the famous dish, Chicken Marsala. NOTE: for recipes calling for sweeter Marsala, a drier one can be substituted. However, the reverse is not true. This is because sugar can be added to a secco, but can’t be removed from a sweeter variety.