VINEYARD | Nocera is a grape that is widespread almost exclusively in the area of the province of Messina and of Faro Doc in particular, so much so that it has been an integral part of its specification since 1976. The vineyard that to this day Giovanni Scarfone still uses for his Faro and in our case especially for Ilnò was planted by his grandfather around 1950, between the Bonavita and Mangiavacchi districts in the hills of Faro Superiore at about 500 metres above sea level, less than a kilometre as the crow flies from the Strait that divides Sicily from Calabria.
PERSON | Giovanni Scarfone was not only born in this vineyard, but he has worked there since he was a boy, both with his grandfather and with his beloved father Carmelo, who perhaps would have preferred to see him sitting like him behind a solid desk at a bank, but that without dissuading him, but rather encouraging him to follow his vocation. So Giovanni instead of studying agriculture at Bocconi in Bologna, cut his teeth around Italy, but without losing sight of his vineyard, so much so that he bottled his first Faro in 2005 as soon as he graduated, distinguishing himself ever since for his focus on sustainable and traditional viticulture.
WINE | Nocera is used in the Faro blend to give softness, structure and fruit to the nerello, but also a pinch of colour. Vinified in purity with excellent results, thanks also to the good acidity it maintains while reaching a fairly high Babo degree when fully matured. Ilnò '21 has a nice bright not too intense ruby colour, but with more bluish than violet reflections, the olfactory range is wide and complex with hints of violet and dried rose, dark citrus, ripe bramble fruits, glasswort, Mediterranean maquis and sea salt. Juicy and fresh on the palate, well contained by an elegant yet untamed tannic frame, for a long finish that's fresh with balms and satisfies.