Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy; 13% ABV
imported by Epic Wines, Capitola, CA
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store around 20 Nov
I have previously not thought much of wines made from Nero D’Avola, finding them pleasant enough, but rather simply fruity. I thought I’d try this one, though, because it shared its importer with the Rosso Fuoco Negroamaro – Primitivo that I liked a lot. This is indeed much more interesting than any Nero D’Avola I’ve had previously.
On the first night, I thought the wine needed about an hour in a decanter to show dark red cherry / raspberry, a nice complex of funk / earth / stem / prune, and kirsch / black cherry. Although I’m not wild about it, for the price, this wine is substantial and complex enough to merit a Thumbs Up.
The second half, stored in a half bottle and stoppered with very little air, was very similar. It was probably a little more smoothed out, maybe a little better overall.