Noto Rosso DOC

One of the first iconic Sicilian wines

With a long tradition and experience in winemaking, the Mazzei family, enticed by the beauty of the region, established Zisola nearby Noto. Made from Sicily's indigenous Nero d'Avola blended with Syrah and Cabernet Franc, all rigorously bush trained, this wine shows an elegant and complex personality. The name "Doppiozeta" highlights the "core" of the Mazzei name, as well as another wine from Zisola, an exclusive wine.

Appellation: Sicily Igt
Winery location: Contrada Zisola, Noto (Siracusa)
Grape varieties: Nero d’Avola 60%, Syrah 30%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Alcohol: 14,30%
Total acidity: 5,40 ‰
Location of vineyard: 130 m a.s.l.
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.550 Plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 8th (Nero d'Avola) and from August 23rd (other grapes)
Fermentation temperature: 28°-30° C
Period of maceration: 14-16 days
Aging: 16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. - 50% new)
Bottling: May 2008
Production: 10,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1.5 l - 3 l
First Vintage: 2006

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts
Gambero Rosso - Due bicchieri Rossi


Zisola enjoyed ideal weather throughout the year. Early winter was characterized by a cold and damp January. Low temperatures and abundant rainfall, well above the seasonal average, continued until mid-March. More favorable weather arrived at the end of the month, a prelude to a warm, dry April. Another period of sustained rainfall during the last ten days of the month was most useful to the development of the grapes. Summer was marked by relatively mild temperatures compared to the seasonal average in Sicily. Scarce rainfall during the summer months helped maintain an excellent environment for the healthy ripening of the grapes. Harvesting began in early September and concluded at the end of the month. The wine of the vintage are particularly concentrated, intensely fruity and brilliant in color.
Evaluation: Outstanding