Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2006 IGT Sicilia

An old world beauty, and one of Italy's rising stars is the Nero d’Avola of Sicily. This one, Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali, shows multiple verdant aromas that express a certain earthiness and connection with the land.

Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks and the juice is macerated with the skins for 10 days. The wine is then aged for 6-8 months in Slavonian oak barrels with 5% aging in Allier and Troncais barrels, it is then aged in bottle for 2 months before release.

Bright ruby red in color, with notes of sweet balsamic, cassis, dark berries, cherries, blackberries, and vanilla... all creating a complex bouquet. After decanting for an hour or so, got a bit of spice and herbs, even a little mint... this wine is a sensory explosion with great mouthfeel and dry fruit finish that's very well balanced. It has a certain regal air about it. Love it. A steal for about $13.

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