Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Dorilli represents for us the quintessence of this noble wine. It is produced from careful selection of the vines surrounding the unique and beautiful Dorilli estate, named for the nearby river Dirillo, landing place of brave Aeneas. A refined and elegant expression of the union of the noble Nero d’Avola with Frappato di Vittoria, the Iblean vine par excellence, lightly distinguished by maturation in wood. A limited production for those who love the small Italian denominations, the history and affirmation of our land.
Territories & Wineries
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico D.O.C.G.
70% Nero d’Avola 30% Frappato
2011 - Guida Slow Wine 2014, Slow Food Editore: GRANDE VINO.
2012 - Guida Slow Wine 2015, Slow Food Editore: GRANDE VINO.
Guida ai Vini d'Italia 2015, Gambero Rosso Editore: TRE BICCHIERI.
2013 - Tre Bicchieri - Guida ai Vini d'Italia 2015, Gambero Rosso Editore
Grande Vino - guida Slow Wine 2014, Slow Food Editore
Above sea level
4.500/5.000 vines per hectare
The seasonal pattern showed a fall and a cold winter and little rain, while the spring period was characterized by heavy rains even in the pre-summer. The vineyard went into the summer and maturation in perfect health. The average summer temperatures has been excellent: pleasantly cool, regular, without peaks of heat, never above the seasonal average. Balanced solar radiation. The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
The climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Around 20th September rain assisted the harvest at Vittoria.
The 2011 vintage yielded perfectly healthy grapes, if in noticeably diminished quantities. Indeed quantity as well as size of the harvested fruit was reduced by 15 percent on the average, which means also a decrease in total weight. In any case this resulted in an exceptionally high overall quality, especially of the red grapes which profited greatly by this natural and thus perfect thinning out. The temperatures stayed in the average range and, more importantly, showed no heat spikes. Both September and October were mild, and sporadic rainfalls at the end of the season accomplished the vintage.
The harvest seems to have a tremendous potential and we will be able to know more next year. On Mount Etna, at the new Feudo di Mezzo winery, the harvest has just ended and the tanks are in the process of fermentation, so it is too early to judge. Undoubtedly, this year the usual elegance of these wines grown on the volcano will give way to the power of the alcohol and tannins. However, this vintage seems to be characterized by wines with an above-average quality. The grapes are healthy and perfectly intact. This is definitely important for a mountain harvest, which by its very nature tends towards the rainy season. The final judgment on the 2012 vintage is more than positive with peaks of excellence in Vittoria and Noto and in Menfi and Sambuca for the red wines.
Cerasuolo has outdone itself. Ideal weather conditions for the whole year. A cool July and August, with a single rainfall refreshing the soil and cleansing the summer grapes. Perfect grapes. Nero d’Avola rich and full of character, very aromatic Frappato. We also extended the maceration a little to produce a slightly more intense Cerasuolo than usual – we shall see!
Time of Harvest
Destalking followed by 21 days lying on the skins at 25⁰C; after racking, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats; maturation of 12 months in wood barrels
To keep for 5/10 year