Sicily, Italy

Feudo Montoni

Vigna del Masso Catarratto 2018

Part 1 of a Columbia county weekend w/friends: a surprisingly rs leaning Sicilian white- accent on the white flowers & fruit, lower on acid. Never tasted this varietal. Rather a broad mouthfeel that went well w local charcuterie, cheese, & jaw dropping tomato salad w garden basil. This vintner makes also a spry Nero D’Avola. — 5 days ago

Owen Mazon
with Owen
John, Severn and 8 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. — 8 days ago

Ceccherini, Aravind and 13 others liked this

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. — 21 days ago

Josh, Chris and 12 others liked this


Franchetti Sicilia Petite Verdot Cesanese 2008

Drink them now. They’re sublime….! — 3 days ago

Jan, Thijs and 7 others liked this


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 🍷
— 13 days ago

with Deked1
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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. — 10 days ago

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Moscato della Torre Moscato di Noto 2019

Smells like a muddled shaker of mosaic hops, Douglas fir, marijuana stems, and orange blossom honey. Earthy and floral and plenty of citrus too.

Allow it to warm to see full character and flavor. Flavors of grapefruit IPA become honeyed tangerine and jasmine.
— 4 days ago

Paul, Jay and 10 others liked this

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.
— 8 days ago

Neil, Ira and 5 others liked this
Kevin Løk

Kevin Løk

Willie your reviews give me life! Thanks for your great writing and thoughtful reflections.
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Kevin Løk i really, really appreciate that!

Azienda Agricola COS

Terre Siciliane Frappato 2019

John Howard

High toned, a bit bretty, herbal, floral and pretty damn great. — 3 days ago

David, Matt and 14 others liked this

Alessandro Viola

Note di Bianco Grillo 2020

Simple pleasures for another scorcher in NYC: white & yellow pit fruits, medium acidity, light/medium body, drunk as an aperitif with charcuterie & grape leaves, etc — 3 days ago

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