When was the last time you had a Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico? If the answer was “never,” give this bad boy a try. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, both grapes native to Sicily. “Cerasuolo” translates to cherry-colored, or having the aroma or flavor of cherries–both translations apply here.
“Complex layers of salumi, forest floor and spice box lead off in this medium-bodied red, as firm tannins settle around the pure cherry and currant fruit. Needs time in the cellar, but the long, minerally finish shows potential. Best from 2014 through 2020. 5,000 cases made.” 92 pts WS. $36
#50 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013