Well, it isn’t often that I run across wines from Sicily. But there you have it! That shows the breadth of wines they are carrying at … yes, Trader Joe’s. And I couldn’t resist trying it – especially a selection with a name this long. No, seriously, I had never before had this varietal – Nero d’Avola – and wanted to find out more.
Winemaker: Archeo, Ruggero di Tasso
Wine: Nero d’Avola
Appellation: Sicilia IGT
Price: $4.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: I don’t suppose I should be surprised that a wine made from a grape which has the word “black” in it’s name would have a dark flavor profile. At least, that was my experience. Fruit flavors for me were dark currant and black cherry. I would almost say it had a cough-syrupy taste because this wine had something distinctly medicinal about it. There was a constant mild bitterness that I would describe as … well, if not medicine then grape seed. Like when you first bite the seed, not the heavy woodiness that comes when you keep chewing the seed. There were mineral notes, and I tasted ash on the finish. As it opened, that ever-present bitterness abated some, but it still didn’t bring the fruit flavors forward significantly. That being said, the tannins were modest. I’m going to put this one down in the “interesting” glass of wine category.
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