Wines to Seek Out
Below are some of the traditional Vittoria wines from Gurrieri, but they also have an experimental streak, making a white wine from Nero d'Avola and Frappato — a "Cerasuolo di Vittoria Bianco," so to speak — as well as a sparkling wine blanc de noir made from the same grapes, named after the matriarch, Donna Grazia.
Gurrieri "Don Vicè" Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
Like all great blends, the "Don Vicè" — named after the family patriarch, Vincenzo — has a sum that is greater than its parts. This wine is complex, deep, fresh and with a thumping pulse. My nose picked up tones recalling black cherries and cinnamon stick, and a lovely wealth of violets. But it was the waves of delicate acidity, and the way they supported the fruitiness of the wine, that made this wine standout. Here is my review from January 2021.
Gurrieri Grillo Sicilia DOC
The best Grillo wines conjure the sea, and this beautiful, aromatic and slippery wine does just that: there is a distinct impression of saltiness on the nose and certainly on the finish — as well as an occasional cut of herbaceousness akin to rosemary — that will have you wanting to light a grill and throw a fish on it. This is a quintessential summer wine.
Gurrieri Nero d'Avola Vittoria DOC
There's Nero d'Avola of potential, and then there is Nero d'Avola of ambition. Rarely, is there anything in between, and more often than not, its the latter category in your glass. Gurrieri's Nero d'Avola allows the variety and its Chiaramonte Gulfi terroir do the talking. You won't taste over-extraction or the smudgy fingerprints of oak on this wine: just pure black fruit, meaty and savory edges, whispery tannins and an espresso sharpness on the finish. It is not quite on a par with Gulfi's category defining, single-vineyard Nero d'Avola, but its a worthy take on the grape no less.
Gurrieri Frappato Sicilia DOC
While Gurrieri's Frappato seems to offer one of the lightest interpretations of an already-light red wine, it is hardly thin or meek. The variety's strawberry-and-mint signature shines, as do suggestions of star anise and brine. By the time one reaches the finish, its complexity kicks in and you're ready to go back for more. It may not be revelatory, but it is solid and blessedly typical of this charming grape and its best-served-chilled delights.