Tag Archives: Sicily

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, 2010, Sicily, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03201When 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

Vino dei Fratelli Nero d’Avola, 2011, Sicily, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03195Nero d’Avola is a grape indigenous to Sicily, where the warm, dry climate contributes to the ripe, dense fruit flavors characteristic of the variety. Fratelli’s is luscious and explosive with ripe red plum and blueberry, full-bodied and mouth-filling across the palate. This is great cocktail wine, easy on the tannins, but it’s also a good match for grilled meats and aged cheeses. $10

“Scurati” Nero d’Avola by Ceuso, 2011, Sicily, Italy

15 Oct

065Juicy aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cherry with subtle hints of licorice and loam. A terrifically well-balanced wine with big fruit and low enough acidity to pair with tangy, fresh tomato-based pasta sauces. $18