$29.99 (code: 4saves3)
Area of production: Marsala, West of Sicily.
Grapes variety: Zibibbo 100% (muscat)
Altitude: 12 Meters a.s.l.
Average age of vines in production: 21 years.
Fermentation:spontaneous in terracotta amphorae, on the skins with indigenous yeasts.
Aging: amphora and bottle.
2018 score - no 2020 Score yet:
93 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Here's a beautiful and floral white from old Magna Graecia. The 2018 Zibibbo in Pithos is a special product with no rivals I can think of in Italy. It opens to a pale-copper golden color, with an enormously fragrant bouquet that is beaming with honeysuckle, star jasmine, acacia flower and the kind of sweet almond blossoms that color the landscape around the Temples of Agrigento in the spring. You also get a touch of "zagara," which is a local word for orange blossom. All these aromas take you directly to southeast Sicily where these sun-kissed grapes are cultivated. This wine is aged for seven months on the skins in amphorae, and added dimensions and complexity are rendered by those slightly more oxidized aromas that recall caramel and dried apricot. The acidity is there, maybe the wine could use a pinch more, and you don't taste or feel much alcohol at a light 11.5%, but the results are beautiful nonetheless. Some 14,000 bottles were produced.