ndam and sicilia

Baglio di Pinaetto, Sicilia IGT, Cembali, Nero d’Avola 2004 Unfortunately this bottle was corked. The grapes were sourced from the Noto region of Sicilia. 14% $36 at Traverso’s Baglio di Pianetto

Cusumano, Sicilia IGT Sagana 2005 There’s plenty of raisined fruit to smell. The mouth is vibrantly acidic, with tar, earth, tannin and again the raisins – very long. The grapes are Nero d’Avola. P&B in Partinico 14% $29.99 at Bottle Barn Cusumano

Baglio di Pinaetto, Sicilia IGT, Ramione, Merlot and Nero d’Avola 2004

The acidic structure of the Nero d’Avola and the fleshiness of the Merlot make a great combo together. The wine is not shy on tannin either. After 20 minutes the fruit really starts to sing against the structured backdrop. The grapes are 50/50. 14% $16.49 at Bottle Barn Baglio di Pianetto

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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