Maggio Calogero bottle

Maggio Calogero

Petit Verdot, 2015

Sicily’s bucolic Belice Valley is adorned with a massive, star-shaped structure called Porta del Belice, built by sculptor Pietro Consagra. A few miles away is Maggio Calogero, an artist at capturing flavor from the finicky, slow-to-ripen Petit Verdot grape. Maggio started working his family’s vines at age 10, and like many talented artists, he has a dedicated apprentice working beside him: his 12-year-old daughter, who hopes to take over from Dad one day.

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Maggio Calogero Petit Verdot is big and rich, bursting with fruit flavor. It also boasts Petit Verdot’s signature floral aromas, indicating a perfectly timed harvest.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Black cherry
Violet
Iris

Pairing

Petit Verdot is all about power. So the meatier, smokier or heartier the dish (or some of all three), the better a match for this wine’s big fruit flavors and floral aromas.

More About The Wine

Sicily is warm and sunny—the ideal climate for growing grapes. Maggio’s vineyard sits in the northern part of the Belice Valley in western Sicily, relatively isolated from cooling Mediterranean breezes. This is perfect for Petit Verdot, which is notoriously low-yielding and ripens late in the season, even with the help of sustained warm weather.

DID YOU KNOW?

In Bordeaux, France, where Petit Verdot originated, the grape is mostly used to add dark color to wines. Other regions grow it for flavor.

  • VARIETY
    Petit Verdot
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Maggio Calogero
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Sicily, Italy
  • OAK
    Stainless steel and neutral oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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