Deep ruby color; black cherry, plum, tobacco on the nose; ripe black cherry, black plum, blackberries, licorice, cranberry on the palate.
Dry; dusty, somewhat subdued but silky tannins; balancing acidity (3.5 pH). Medium-full body. Smooth and seductive after decanting, which rounds off the edges and earthiness rather than tames the tannins, which are smooth on the pop-and-pour. Fermented in stainless steel, finished in barriques for four months. Minimum oak influence, even after two years in French oak, which must have been used. Balanced, subtle structure, very easy drinker; 14.5% ABV. Very drinkable Nero d’Avola effort.
Nero d’Avola sometimes is called Sicily’s cabernet sauvignon, other times Sicily’s syrah. The grape falls between them, lacking cabernet sauvignon’s higher tannins, lacking the heft of syrah. This is example of that. Delivers the warmth and depth of the two grapes. A delicious wine in its own right. As such, it particularly pairs well with red meats and tomato sauces. Typically very tasty—this certainly is an exemplar of that quality.
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Morgante Nero d’Avola Vendemmia, Sicilia 2015 is rich, smooth, easy drinker. Exactly the value and delicious assertive red wine you expect from a Nero d’Avola wine. Sicily’s wonder. Classically pairs with rich, very meaty meats—oxtail soup, beef stew, for instance. Also simply seasoned grilled meats and vegetables; legume-based stews; seafood—yes, seafood. Pasta with tomato sauces. Versatile wine you should experience. $16-18