Inky purple with medium opaque hues. Nose is crushed blueberries with black berry jam. The palate is lovely, blueberry with açaí berry and fig. The tannins are so sleek, they sneak up on me at the end. The mid palate has a nice body to it and shows off more blue fruits. The finish is of medium length, slightly dry and more of a black fruit tint. 90 points and 5 stars for this $12 wine. Paired with Truffled Ravioli, seared Petit Sirloin and tomato jam. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Reddish purple and opaque in the glass. Nose of rhubarb and Swiss chard leaves. I’m not going to lie- it’s a bit off putting. The palate is a whole different story, thank god. Vibrant cherry and red raspberry notes with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. The mid palate is really delicious, yet supremely dry from the tannins. More red fruits emerge with some hints of nutmeg. The finish is medium in length and offers more raspberries. I found out it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Nero D’Avola, which is a grape I hold near and dear. Overall a very juicy and decent wine that gets 90 points from me. I paid $20 and am going with 4 stars. Salut….
I really dig Nero d’Avola, it’s a Sicilian specialty that offers up great tannins and a nice mouthfeel of plums and dark fruits. This particular bottling has Syrah added to brighten it up slightly. I enjoyed the plums and blackcurrants of this bottling along with some oaky, smoky hints and star anise. Cherry cola comes to mind as a mid-palate descriptor. Smooth tannins balance the mild acidity and give this wine a nice, if short finish. An easy drinker that won’t break the bank, it offers a medium body with some level of complexity at only $15 a bottle. 88 points from me make this a solid 3 star wine that introduces this neat grape to the masses. Look for it and serve it up with some pasta, perhaps even osso bucco. Salut….
If you have never had a Nero D’Avola wine before, you must. From Sicily comes this black wine with ample tannins and great depth. This particular wine was as expected. Bold black cherry and dark fruits with a hefty dose of tannin that was somewhat curbed yet providing a strong backbone. The use of oak was deftly hidden and the acidity was great. The wine is slightly rustic and needs a big plate of salami, olives and some hard cheeses to really get it going. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this $25 offering for the uninitiated. 91 points and 5 stars. Salut…
For tonight’s dinner, I prepared a Chicken Alfredo with seasonal salad and garlic bread (yummmm) I first thought a Chianti would be a good match, but alas there is a new wine in my cellar from Sicily that begs to be opened. Nero D’Avola is native to Sicily and means Black of Avola. I didn’t get much on the nose, perhaps a hint of blue fruit but some alcohol mixed in there. This particular wine is not very dark but shows off really sweet tannins with plum compote on the palate. Spiciness and a certain rock minerality show through and there is definite acidity here. I think the structure will bode well for short term cellaring and the wine could mellow somewhat and hide that 14.5% alcohol. My guess is that the volcanic soils of Sicily perhaps influence the secondary flavors??
I am always on the hunt for new and exciting wines. Another varietal that comes to mind is Aglianico. Very tannic but delicious, you should be on the lookout for some if you hanker for some mouth puckering juice fit to sort any cut of meat out.
At $35 this wine is not a bargain and only gets 3 stars from me due to the price. Technically speaking, I would rate it 89 points. I do like the label though! Salut….