Uriel


Grillo | Sicily

Uriel, the archangel of repentance. Uriel played a very important role in ancient texts as the rescuer of Jesus' cousin John the Baptist from the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by King Herod. The translation of Uriel is ‘God of Light.’ Uriel was the angel who checked each of the doors during the Passover in order to ensure safety for God’s people. Grillo is a very resilient grape and one that withstands a lot of heat and wind on Sicily. It is probably best known as the foundation for Marsala but in its ‘dry’ form has many interesting characteristics. It is the most important white grape on Sicily and therefore the ‘principal light.’

VINTAGE

2016

VARIETY

100% Grillo

REGION

Terre Siciliane IGP

VINE AGE

19 years old

YIELD

4 tons per acre

SOIL TYPE

Sandy Clay

√ČLEVAGE

6 months in stainless steel

ALCOHOL

13%

PRODUCTION

4,000 cases

VINTAGE
2016 followed an equally great 2015.  Winter was warm and dry, and Summer did not bring the customary African heat – with the exception of July – nor any of the much-desired rain.  Yields were lower due to the hydric stress suffered by the vines, but lower crop levels meant that vines were able to ripen their grapes despite the lack of water.  In order to preserve acidity, growers began the harvest approximately 2 weeks earlier than usual.  

WINEMAKING
The Grillo vineyard is located in Western Sicily, in the area of Chirchiaro, between Salemi and Vita, roughly 25 miles from Marsala. The grapes are planted east facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil, using guyot pruning. At an altitude of around 1,600 feet above sea level and with a proximity to the sea there is a definitive freshness to the wine.  After de-stemming and skin maceration for a few hours, the grapes are subject to soft-press before fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.  The wine is then left on its lees for a few months before being bottled.

TASTING NOTE
Golden straw color with mint green hues.  The wine shows intensity on the nose with stone fruits and tropical aromas.  This is a bit richer on the palate than previous vintages but still retains freshness quite well.  Well-balanced medium-bodied wine with fresh mineral notes and tropical fruit characters and a very pleasant citrusy finish.