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Carricante

The Carricante vine is a Sicilian white grape variety that probably owes its name to its abundant productivity. Blended with other grapes, Carricante gives finesse and softness to the wine. It is often used in blends with Catarratto, Ansonica, Minnella or with red grapes such as Nerello mascalese. Until the last century it was widely grown throughout the island of Sicily, but the tendency to produce more colored, alcoholic, and structured wines has prompted manufacturers to gradually reduce its use. The berry is white, medium, sub-ellipsoidal with waxy and yellowish green skin. The bunch is medium, conical, simple or with wing, semi-sparse or sparse with a medium, sub-orbicular or pentagonal, three-lobed or five-lobed leaf. The Carricante vine prefers soils of low expansion breeding, with short and poor pruning. This grape has abundant and constant production. The vine Carricante vinified alone gives a particularly fine wine, of straw yellow color with green highlights. The wine has good aromas with hints of herbs, fragrant and floral. It has a good taste structure, it is warm, savory and characterized by a high fixed acidity that makes it particularly suitable for aging in wood and the preservation over time.
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