Sicilia Indicazione Geografica Protetta, Italy
Made with organic grapes; 14% ABV
Estate bottled by Di Giovanna SRL
$5 at the Richmond, CA store on 22 Aug
I think of Nero d’Avola wines as having soft, dark, ripe fruit, generally tasty for the low price but not very interesting. In contrast, this producer boasts: The Di Giovanna Nero d’ Avola is a more powerful, masculine style of the native Sicilian grape that is typically plumy and soft. Thanks to rigorous vineyard work and yields reduced by 50% the wine is very concentrated and flavorful. It expresses the unique terroir and climate with a striking minerality. Although this wine appears to be a lower-end bottling from this producer, not their main Nero d’Avola, I was still hopeful it would be more interesting than usual.
However, I suspect this bottle was heat damaged somewhere along the way. While it did seem more structured than your usual NdA, it had a strong, somewhat aged-tasting tartness that never went away even after the wine had apparently fully aired. It was pretty close to drinkable, but maybe because I had hoped for more, I have to put it in Thumbs Down. Did anyone try this with better results?