Gaetana Jacono, owner and winemaker at Valle dell'Acate, Case Ibidini
By now you must know we love Sicilian wines, each year they get better, first tried this lovely Nero D’Avola from Case Ibidini at a tasting I hosted a few months ago, so excited to sip it again.
The Wine: Nero D'Avola, Case Ibidini, Valle dell'Acate – 2012 $$
The Food: Rib eye steak rubbed with fresh rosemary and garlic grilled outdoors in spite of the snow, creamy polenta, burrata cheese over greens.
The Place: Happy at home on a Saturday night, with pictures of Sicily dancing in our heads.
Near Ragusa in southeastern Sicily is the winery Valle De’Acate, founded in 1981 by the Jacono and Ferreri families who have deep roots in the region. Over the last 30 years the Valle De’Acate has become know for their world class wines.
Today Gaetana Jacono is owner of Valle De’Acate and a sixth generation winemaker. She is among an influential group of young Sicilians that has brought winemaking there from mostly bulk production to the fabulous quality we enjoy today.
I planned a meal around this wine. The centerpiece was a delicious thick rib eye steak that I rubbed with fresh chopped rosemary and garlic and ground salt and pepper. I fought the snow and fired this on the grill.
With this we had some delicious buratta cheese over fresh greens dressed with a ginger dressing on one side for Diana and aged balsamic on mine. If you’ve never tried burrata you missing out on something very special , “imagine a fresh white ball of mozzarella, filled with thick, luscious cream. Murray’s” They have a great one at Trader Joes.
I also made some delicious creamy polenta with pecorino romano and fresh oregano to round out our feast. Sorry folks no pictures, I was to busy enjoying this wine.
“Case Ibidini ( pronounce ‘Bidini ) is a second project of Valle dell’Acate focused on varietally driven wines produced from fruit obtained from the younger vines and intended for more casual consumption.” CMK Consulting
The name comes Casa (house) and the area Bindini after the ancient Bidis, a group of early Hellenic settlers of nearly 20 centuries ago.
The wine is delicate and layered with great depth of aroma and flavor. Some Nero D'Avolas are heavy and dense, not this one, which made it a great pairing with both a hearty steak and delicate cheese and salad. A woman's touch?
My friends at Astor Wines say “ Aromas of fresh raspberries lead to a hint of cocoa on the finish. This is a clean, easy-drinking red to enjoy every day…. Really pretty berry fruit on the front, not super dark inky blackberries. Think more raspberry jam with a hint of cocoa and plush tannin on the finish. It still has that bigger Nero flair, but a wee bit lighter so it's more versatile and palatable for your friend that "only likes light red wine".
My friend James the Wine Guy reviews.