Vinous 91 points - (100% nero d’Avola; 15% alcohol): Fully saturated ruby-red. Sweet but very fresh and complex aromas of dark plum, black cherry, fresh herbs and nutty oak. Pliant and rich but at the same time juicy and serious, with firm acidity and broad tannins contributing a solid structural framework for the clean dark cherry, ink and herbal flavors. Finishes long and smooth; though this is carrying 15% alcohol, it’s not at all over the top. I especially like the fact it clearly speaks of nero d’Avola.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2011 Nero d’Avola Sagana San Giacomo sees fruit sourced from the 140-hectare Tenuta di San Giacomo near the town of Butera in south-central Sicily. The vineyard is 350 meters above sea level with primarily white limestone soils. This is a big wine (15% alcohol) and modern tones of barbecue spice, teriyaki and smoked bacon woven deep within the folds of the wine’s opulent texture. Oak-related tones of sandalwood, dark chocolate and church incense also emerge (Sagana sees 12 months in oak casks). It’s a deep and satisfying drinking experience, although there’s little left in the way of varietal typicity. Drink 2014-2020. (May 2014)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Vanilla and mocha notes lead the way in this juicy red, accenting flavors of boysenberry, black olive, grilled herb and black licorice string. Balanced overall, with plush tannins gaining ground on the chewy, brooding finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.—A.N. (Apr 9 2014)