Epicuro Nero d’Avola 2013

Awhile back fellow blogger and wine enthusiast Lulu said she’d found this Sicilian red at her local Trader Joe’s and really enjoyed it.  That was enough for me!

Winemaker:  Epicuro
Wine:  Nero d’Avola
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Terre Siciliane IGT
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  Here is another varietal that I’ve just barely stuck my big toe into.  I.e., I’ve had limited experience with these wines and am still learning as I trundle along my circuitous wine journey.  The last one I tasted brought a very dark flavor profile to the palate.  This selection, however, was quite a different experience.  The color was dark — a deep garnet.  In the bouquet I found earth, oak, ripe berries and a touch of smoke.  The body was on the lighter edge of medium.  It had high acidity, moderate tannins and 12.5% alcohol.  Flavors for me included boysenberry, oak and eucalyptus.  I felt it was a simple, pleasant, easy-drinking glass of wine.  Absolutely nothing to complain about here in my book, especially given it’s bargain price.  Thanks, Lulu, for the recommendation!