Messina, Sicily

Bonavita

Faro Nerello Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2017 Faro is spicy and perfumed, the violet and rose tones giving way to peppery herbs, earthy minerals and musky black cherry. Its fleshy and enveloping textures are well balanced by zesty acids, as waves of tart wild berries and sour citrus wash across the palate, leaving a tactile mix of minerals and grippy tannins in their wake. This tapers off lightly structured and with a pretty inner sweetness, resonating on a vivid note of salted black licorice. The 2017 could use a few more months to a year to come fully into focus. Bonavita’s Faro is a blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera that is refined for 24 months in a combination of 30-hectoliter oak barrels, cement and steel. In a word, spellbinding. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)
— 13 days ago

Pietradolce

Etna Rosso DOC Nerello Mascalese 2017

This wine does a little Pinot Noir act, medium ruby in the glass with earthy red fruit on the nose. The Sicilian grapes were grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna, and owner Michele Faro spoke during a Zoom gathering about his love of the volcanic soil. The nose also offers notes of coffee, sage and eucalyptus. The palate definitely shows the volcanic origin along with spice and pepper, plus a firm tannic structure. The sip finishes clean and savory. Very tasty. — 8 days ago

Daniel P., Paul and 4 others liked this

Feudo Maccari

Saia Sicilia Nero d'Avola

John Howard
9.1

Funky, herbal and delicious. On the bigger side. — 8 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 10 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

Terre Siciliane Il Frappato 2018

Enjoyable but priced $15 too steep. At $45 we need deeper complexity and this is delicate but not inspiring.

The nose is soft. Raspberry and candied cherry. The palette is salty and lean - sandy, loamy, lucid.

There’s skill here in the interplay but you’d be nearly as well off with SP68.
— 2 days ago

Eddie, Severn and 12 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

Sicilia Il Frappato 2015

Black cherry, orange rind, leather, med+ acid, fine tannin, lots of sediment — 3 days ago

Aaron, Josh and 12 others liked this

Cottanera

Feudo di Mezzo Etna Rosso 2016

This wine is medium ruby in the glass and smells of raspberry, cherry, anise and an earthy note. The palate is like a more savory take on Pinot Noir, with coffee, red fruit and spicy herbs. The tannins are very firm and the acidity is fresh. There is a long finish which carries the red fruit back. — 7 days ago

Tom, Mike and 7 others liked this

Calabretta

Vecchie Vigne Sicilia Nerello Mascalese 2010

Delectable Wine
9.4

Masses of crushed black cherries laced with Christmas spice, lavender and dusty cedar waft up from the 2010 Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie. It’s fleshy and round upon entry, offering ripe cherries, plums and burnt citrus that saturate the palate. Brisk acids work hard to add vibrancy and lift, in spite of the staining of concentrated primary fruit that lingers throughout the finish. The result is one of gravelly tension yet also satisfaction, like biting into a fresh yet tart raspberry. The 2010 Vigne Vecchie is the current release for this bottling, which spends six or seven years refining in 50- to 70-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. It’s an experience wine, to say the least. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)
— 13 days ago

Il Censo

Praruar Terre Siciliane Catarratto 2017

Interesting. Quite a bit of heat. 14.5%. Dried apricots, touch bitter, orange blossoms. Tannins; tart. Reminds me a little bit of Sauterne. Has weight. Fun 🤩 but not something I need to buy again or store. — a day ago

Joe, Severn and 5 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

SP68 Bianco Terre Siciliane Albanello Muscat of Alexandria 2019

Big sip of iced peach greens tea with aromas of an oxidized copper green penny. Tastes like apricots and Fuji apples. Very much as expected and very much appreciated. — 2 days ago

Sharon, Michael and 11 others liked this

Benanti

Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese 2015

Colour of cold black tea. Cherry, toffee, earth and dried herbs on the nose. Palate has savoury earthy cherry - just medium bodied. The following night savoury red fruits with a skinnsy element on the palate developing into a touch of astringency. Not for long keeping - drink now if you have some. — 7 days ago

Jamie, Severn and 16 others liked this