Feudo Montoni

Sicily, Italy

Catarratto del Masso Sicilia DOC – 2020

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  • Introduction

    • Masso is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in the rocky-sandy stone with high components of iron. This strong mineral structure confers to the wine a particular sapidity and freshness.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The 2020 vintage was marked with a rainy winter, but with sparse snowfall. The spring was characterized by solid precipitation, above average compared with seasonal averages. The rain then became sparser during the summer months, leading up to the harvest, which commenced in mid-September, about one week earlier than the average harvests at Montoni, as the grapes reached an ideal ratio of sugar to acidity earlier than usual. During the winter and spring, the temperatures were moderate, however during the summer months, cool nights offset the hot summer days, allowing for an ample acidity to form in the grapes. The overall production was marked with a slightly lower yield than the 2019 vintage but was steady compared to our annual averages. The quality of the grapes was high, and the resulting wines have vertical aromatics and are refined on the palate. The Catarratto grapes were harvested in the second week of October, and produced well-balanced wines, with heightened aromatics and a record high acidity and low pH.

    • Location: Area of Production: Cammarata (Agrigento)
    • Vine Age: 55 years old vines, grafted by hand onto wild plants
    • Soil: Rocky, sandy, iron-rich
    • Elevation: 700 meters (2,297 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: East-facing vineyard
    • Density: 2,600 vines per hectare (1,053 vines per acre)
    • Training: Bush vine
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in cement containers, in contact with the skins for a quarter of the fermentation process.
    • Aging: Sur lie with batonnage in cement containers for 6 months.
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • A golden color with lustrous, green reflections. On the nose, it presents delicate notes of bay leaf, orange flower blossom, with aromas of citrus groves of Sicilian “lumie” lemons, pink grapefruit and freshly cut grass. On the palate, it is very fresh and persistent, with a long finish marked with notes of almonds.



  • Feudo Montoni Catarratto del Masso Sicilia DOC – 2020 – Vinous – 90 Points

    There’s an airy and cooling mineral freshness to the 2020 Catarratto Masso that keeps coming back to the glass. Apricot, peach skins and lemon zest make for an invigorating bouquet. It’s a rich and pliant yet buzzing with energy derived from a mix of zesty acids and sour citrus. Hints of green melon and apple linger long through the finale. The 2020 is an excellent example of just how much character and balance Catarratto can obtain in the right hands.