This is one of those wines that I find a little tricky to pin down. First – I like it, don’t love it but I like it. I can see this going down pretty well with a nice lasagna.
Looking at the wine – for some reason I was expecting a bit of a red berry blast, not knowing a lot about Nero D’Avola. So I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first whiff. Very earthy almost a hint of moss but in a nice way – mixed in with a touch of dark fruit. Then comes the taste. Sure enough it has a nice earthy tone but then comes the mini-dark berry explosion. We have tannins, we have berries, we have earthy, we have some acidity – lots going on considering the price. It’s not a rich, heavy wine. It’s light, crisp but with an interesting blend of flavors. It does feel a bit young. I think it will taste even better in another year or two. Still – I recommend you give ‘er a try and at only $12.50 a bottle (Quebec prices, most probably cheaper where you are – lucky us) you really can’t go wrong, especially if you’re serving up some Italian. Now to be perfectly candid – I won’t be buying more of this for my stockpile for the simple reason that there are other wines that I prefer either at this price or perhaps just a buck or two more. Still, you should give it a try – definitely a good value Italian wine.
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