With a dark red ruby color, this wine shows expressive red berry aromas with herbal and fruity notes. On the palate, the flavors are structured and given balance by bright, cleansing acidity, a characteristic of Nero d’Avola grown in this area.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - Coal roasted earth and baked cherries are deeply embedded in the aromatic profile. Fruit and earth combine as flavors of red plum and earthy sage descend on the palate. Turmeric and mace are rich and spicy on the tongue. (Jun 2016)
James Suckling 91 points - A ripe, rich red with plum, violet and blackberry aromas that follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a tangy finish. Shows real nero d’avola character. Drink now.
Alberello trained (bush trained) vines are 12-34 years old, and have been planted with a southern exposure at 250 feet elevation, about one mile from the sea. Grape yields are low (about 2.5 tons/acre) to encourage concentration and complexity in the wine. In the spring, the vines are pruned to one bud per plant, and in June/July, a green harvest is performed to eliminate lesser grapes. Twenty days prior to harvest, the vines go through an additional cluster thinning, or a selection of the best grapes in the bunch.
|This wine pairs well with grilled red meats and BBQ.