2019 Marabino Rosso di Contrada Sicilia

Today’s WineSider Wine of the Day is the 2019 Marabino Rosso di Contrada which exemplifies the artistry of Sicilian winemaking, especially from the organic and biodynamic perspectives. The 2019 vintage hails from the sun-drenched landscapes of Southeast Sicily, where the Marabino winery dedicates itself to expressing the full potential of local grape varietals through natural farming techniques.

Marabino’s approach to viticulture emphasizes harmony with nature, utilizing organic and biodynamic methods to cultivate vines that are robust and expressive of their terroir. The winery’s commitment to minimal intervention extends from the vineyard to the cellar, aiming to produce wines that are true representations of their origin.

The 2019 Rosso di Contrada is crafted primarily from Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s flagship grape, known for its bold flavors and adaptability to the region’s climate. The 2019 vintage presents a deep ruby hue, with an aromatic bouquet that blends notes of black cherries, plums, and a touch of herbal undertones, indicative of the organic practices employed during cultivation.

On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with a structure that balances fruit intensity with acidity, making it both approachable and age-worthy. The tannins are soft yet present, adding depth and leading to a clean, persistent finish that echoes with hints of spice and earthy nuances. At nearly age five the red wine shows how well it is developing in the bottle with at least another 5-7 years to go, but likely more with proper cellaring

Marabino’s 2019 Rosso di Contrada is incredibly versatile at the table. Its combination of fruit and acidity pairs wonderfully with Sicilian cuisine, such as pasta alla norma or grilled lamb. It also complements dishes with rich tomato-based sauces or aged cheeses, making it a go-to choice for varied culinary encounters.

The Marabino Rosso di Contrada 2019 is more than just a red wine to throw back and guzzle as it’s a reflection of Sicilian heritage and the winery’s dedication to ecological winemaking practices. For enthusiasts eager to explore high-quality, sustainably produced Sicilian wines, this bottle represents both tradition and innovation. It is a stellar choice for those who appreciate wines that speak of their place and principles. And that’s why the 2019 Malabino Rosso di Contrada is today’s WineSiders Wine of the Day.