About The Wine
Ciaula translates to Crow in Sicilian, a reference to a character in a Pirandello story where a slave rasies his head out of a sulphur mine at night and sees the beauty of the moon for the first time.
The parrallels between the life of this character and Carlo La Rocca are clear - Ciaula is an homage to his lightbulb moment when he first saw his way into the world of wine.
This wine is comprised of old vine Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise, shaped into a lively medium bodied red with plenty of energy and plenty of grunty tannin.
A fantastic wine for the dollars asked - pound for pound one of our favourite recent discoveries from the southern Rhone.
About Domaine de l'Agramante
Young Sicilian petrochemical engineer, Carlo La Rocca, had something of mid-life crisis in 2018.
At the theoretical half-way point in his life, he knew he didn't want to spend the rest of his life "in a jar". Wine was where his heart was. So he followed it. He followed it all the way to the Rhone Valley to being his second life.
He purchased a stamp-sized plot under vine in the town of Sabran and committed from day one to farm it without any synthetic sprays. With a little help from his friends at Mas de Libian, he has launched a small, boutique label that is taking flight.
The wines are bright, energetic examples of the Rhone with excellent tannin underlying the pure, delicious fruit. Domaine de l'Agramante is a name to watch.