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Ostinato Fine Ambra Secco Marsala*Packaging may vary

Ostinato Fine Ambra Secco Marsala

Marsala /17% ABV / Sicily, Italy

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Marsala

Sicily, Italy

Sweet-Dry Scale

Dry

Tasting Notes

Dried Fruit

Dried Fruit

Earthy

Earthy

Bright

Bright

Acidic

Acidic

Citrus

Citrus

Intense

Nutty

ABV

17%

Food Pairing

Cheese - Nutty & Semi-Firm, Cheese - Stinky, Cured Meats, Fish - Meaty & Oily, Mushrooms, Nuts

Features

Oak Aged, Vegan


Product description

Delicious, balanced and refined, Ostinato Fine Ambra Secco is a dry Marsala that is produced according to traditional methods now rarely seen in the appellation, especially in Fine expressions. It begins with its ‘alto grado’ base wine, from late-harvest, low-yielding Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto old vines. Its higher natural ABV means the wine is less reliant on fortification and is more expressive of Marsala’s indelible terroir. Extended aging beyond the minimum Fine requirements produce a Marsala that resonates with deep vinous character. Enjoy with dry-cured meats and a wide variety of cheeses, including Robiola, Taleggio and all manner of Pecorino cheeses. It also excels in a variety of cocktail applications—a 1:1 with Hayman’s London Dry Gin and Fine Ambra Secco is highly recommended—as well in elevating classics like Veal or Chicken Marsala, Saltimbocca or sautéed mushrooms. Once opened, this wine will keep for up to six months. With nearly 50 hectares under vine and plots in the Marsala, Marzara and Salemi communes, Baglio Baita Alagna is one of the few Marsala producers that continue to own and work their own vineyards. Founded in the early 1940s by Giuseppe Alagna, these vineyards enable third-generation winemaker Ercole Alagna to produce ‘alto grado’ Marsala from late-harvest, low-yielding old vines, farmed along organic lines, without irrigation. The winery is in the classic baglio style and is built over medieval grottos extending down nearly 35 meters, several stories below street level. There, traditional Marsala varieties Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto rest in a wide variety of ancient Slavonian and American oak barrels. Ostinato Marsala is Sotolon Selections’ multi-year collaboration with the Alagna family, founded on the traditional methods and the ‘alto grado’ that have largely been abandoned in the appellation. The results are a Marsala Fine Ambra Secco and Fine Ambra Dolce of high-vinous character and unusual complexity, equally at home in the glass as they are in the pan.

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FAQs

Marsala is a fortified dessert wine that comes from grapes grown in Sicily. It is most well known for its role in cooking where it is the key ingredient in the creamy rich sauce of chicken Marsala. There are many different variations of Marsala varying in sweetness, color, and age. 
The closest substitute to Marsala both in flavor and color is Madeira wine. Other acceptable wines that would work with cooking would be most fortified wines including dry sherry, port, and Pedro Ximenez. 
Marsala wine comes in many different versions of sweetness, but for chicken Marsala, dry Marsala is the ideal option. Look for “secco” on the label. Save your sweet (dolce) Marsala for dessert.  
While mostly known for its role in cooking, Marsala is a fine dessert wine that can be enjoyed by the glass. Dry Marsala (secco) and semi-sweet Marsala (semi-seco) pair well with richly flavored foods while sweet Marsala (dolce) is the perfect accompaniment for almost any dessert.
Like most fortified wines, Marsala has a high alcohol content around 15-20% ABV. The average for most wines hovers around 12% ABV. As a strong dessert wine, you will find that it is typically served in smaller portions.
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