Contea Di Sclafani, Sicily


Vino Rosso Nero d'Avola Blend 2019

This blend of Nero d’Avola, Frappato (locally called Nerocapitano), and Grenache is a Sicilian beauty! 💕 🇮🇹

It was lovingly nurtured and cultivated by hand and in a manner paying respect to the land from which it came, with minimal intervention, by husband and wife team Filippo and Nancy Rizzo. 🍇 🍷👌

Lamoresca, Rosso, Sicily, Vintage 2019, ABV 13.5%. @lamorescavini

👁 It’s a medium purple hue.

👃 On the nose it has a medium(+) intensity of youthful, bright, and yet savory aromas that include ripe raspberry, plum, black cherry, rhubarb, violet, clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, licorice, leather, tobacco, wet earth, and game.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish lingers. 👏👏👏

Cheers to this lovely, highly delicious wine 🍷
— 8 days ago

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Feudo Montoni

Vigna della Timpa Grillo 2019

Bright with a very slight bitterness on the finish that reminded me of GV. Refreshing. — 5 days ago

Anthony, Eddie and 4 others liked this


Vittoria Frappato 2018

Impromptu tasting at my buddy's shop, while I'm picking a recent Burgundy order.

This is delicious, wild aromatics... Why haven't I bought this before!?
— 3 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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I think I’d like to die drinking in Sicily
Tom Casagrande

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Cheap and good!
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Heck yeah, this was like $10.

Azienda Agricola Gianfranco Daino

Suber Nero d'Avola Blend 2017

Alder Yarrow

I probably drink too many Etna wines, so for a change here’s a Sicilian wine that is NOT from the volcano. It’s from the center of the island, near the city of Caltagirone, and it’s an unusual blend of two expected grapes (Nero d’Avola and Frappato) and one fairly unexpected one (Alicante Bouschet). Grown in dense vineyards planted with head-trained bush vines at about 1000 feet above sea level, this wine has a deep garnet color and a stony core surrounded by blackberry, licorice, and black cherry fruit. At once ripe and chiseled with acidity, this is a perfect expression of Sicily in many ways. It bears the i Vigneri stamp of consultant Salvo Foti, a good sign if there ever was one on Sicilian bottles. — 16 days ago

Josh, Chris and 12 others liked this


Chiaramonte Sicilia DOC Inzolia 2017

Judging solely by the amount of jewelry of the owner, I can guarantee an authentic Sicilian recommendation of this wine. — 3 days ago

Ceccherini, Aravind and 12 others liked this


Gàbal Nero d'Avola 2018

McCarthy & Schiering, $15

Dark ruby, fairly opaque. Nose is a total fruit bomb with a bit of astringency. My mom used to have a black plum tree in the front yard where the plums would have super sweet dark plum flesh with a very sour thick skin. If you add a touch of cherry that's exactly what this wine tastes like. Somehow both sweet and very tart, full flavor and pretty high tannins, also has a noticeable alcohol bite. Still very nice, if maybe a bit one dimensional. I'm going to have to check out more Nero D'avola
— 14 days ago


Rosso di Contrada Nero d'Avola

Loved this red. Super tannic and dry. So robust you almost need to pair it with food. Smells like bright fruits (strawberry, raspberry). Would love to have again — 5 days ago

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Azienda Agricola COS

Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Frappato Nero d'Avola 2017

I love these wines that are most definitely not playing to the masses. Medium garnet with a wide brim. The nose is highly attractive fresh out of the gate. A ridiculous amount of fruit here with blackberries, black cherries, and strawberries. Eucalyptus and smoke. Herbs and spice. Beautiful earth and foresty goodness with the suggestion of funk. Terrific aromas.

COS uses clay amphorae for storage and biodynamic viticulture to produce wines as naturally as possible. 60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato di Vittoria. This is all about the terroir, it’s a glorious wine that truly speaks of a place and is driven by that. The acid is nice and vibrant and the tannins round. Plenty more fruit to be found on the palate with red and black fruits. More dusty earth, leather, and stones. A long finish that leaves you wanting more. And my friends, you do want more.
— 3 days ago

Neil, Ira and 5 others liked this
Kevin Løk

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Willie your reviews give me life! Thanks for your great writing and thoughtful reflections.
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@Kevin Løk i really, really appreciate that!


Passorosso Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese 2017

@Delectable Wine - This is the Passorosso Etna Rosso DOC, not the Terre Siciliane.

Nose is complex, with a tiny bit of barnyard, loads of smoky rock minerality, and rich cherry fruit. Chiseled in the mouth, with equal parts cherry fruit and intense stoniness, bone dry, with very good acidity. Tenaciously clings to the palate as some soft but vigorous tannins show up in the finish. Really fine.
— 18 days ago

Ira, Aravind and 11 others liked this


Appassimento Terre Siciliane Nero d'Avola 2020

This is fantastic! Full of flavor and silky smooth with a lingering fruity finish. — 14 days ago

Tom, Paul and 18 others liked this


Have a glass for me! Sounds great!🍷