Messina, Sicily

Tenuta Tascante

Ghiaia Nera Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese 2017

Quite a different personality from its predecessor in 2016. This one is hyper floral with scents of geranium and damp rose petals, followed by what I can only describe as a candied maraschino cherry quality on the nose. The palate developed a more defined profile with a full day of aeration, showing crunchy cranberry, fresh thyme and hints of underbrush. Decidedly more delicate than the previous two vintages, but with striking character and nuance. Excellent with seared salmon. — 4 days ago

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Passito di Pantelleria Bent-el Riah 2011

Raisins... stunning. Plum and apricot and mushroom and damp leaves — 3 days ago

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Frank Cornelissen

Susucaru Seventh Edition Rosato Malvasia Blend 2018

Frank appeals to the lover of raw wine - crunchy, cidery, angular, untouched. I appreciate his wine but I don’t think they live up to his cult status or clamor for allocation. Well made but not extremely well made.

This was, for the most part, exactly what I thought it’d be. It’s very good. Backboned and domesticated. A pale crimson and aromas of fresh raspberries and dark tilled soil. Dirt. Ten days of skin contact - dark like Claret with weight and tannin, but elegance and roundness from white grapes. Flavors of tart raspberries and wild strawberry - salts and minerals.
— 12 days ago

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Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

@Kyle Harvey I’ve never been lucky enough to try either. Hope to though! Thanks for the thoughts
Ted Corvey

Ted Corvey

@Kyle Harvey agree. I would suggest his cult status stemmed from his Crus, not his entry level. I enjoy all of his wines, but I would agree about the Rosato and Rosso and could certainly see given the hype surrounding Frank why one would be underwhelmed drinking only those wines. @Ely Cohn if you see any single cru’s jump on them!
Josh Morgenthau

Josh Morgenthau

Great notes. I had a bottle of the 2018 susucaru rosato that was extremely reductive and never fully showed... a big disappointment. Glad to hear that it was probably a one off.

Arianna Occhipinti

SP68 Terre Siciliane Nero d'Avola Frappato 2015

Yup, got some barnyard action, but it’s still very good. Barnyardy funk nudges out sappy red berry fruit on the nose. The palate is crisp and intense, with way less funk than the nose. Electric cherry fruit, crushed high-toned rock, and an intense savory component. Long, mouthwatering finish. — 4 days ago

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Abbazia San Giorgio

Orange Bianco Muscat of Alexandria 2018

This is what you Bini fans have been wanting after the disappointment of the last few vintages. All that three-dimensional tropical punch that makes pantelleria zibibbo such a singular experience. Buy on sight. — 14 days ago

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Al Doyle

Al Doyle

Ah sorry I was unclear; I meant this reminded me of the first Bini zibibbos I was drinking like five or six years ago, but this isn’t Bini, but it’s as good as that, and it’s half the price.
Al Doyle

Al Doyle

After a quick bit of searching it turns out that the winemaker Battista Belvisi worked with Bini for 11 years so there you go 🤷🏼‍♂️
Aaron Tan

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Ah. Didn't realize that. Thanks for clarifying 👍


Sàgana Tenuta San Giacomo Nero d'Avola 2012

Solid Sunday nighter to help prep some pumpkin butter curry lamb shanks. Or a fresh batch of meth. You choose. — 12 days ago

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Azienda Agricola COS

Terre Siciliane Zibibbo In Pithos 2016

Orange oil, jasmine, earl grey or lady grey, some light green banana peppers on the nose. Celery, pears, white pepper, walnuts, and slight oregano and sage flavors. Fine tannins. — 11 days ago

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Azienda Agricola COS

Nero di Lupo Terre Siciliane Nero d'Avola 2018

This itty bitty Nero is all 11.5% ABV of tart fresh raspberries, strawberries, and somehow still a backbone. The best form of easy wine. — 10 days ago

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Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

Love Sicily.m @Kyle Harvey i think it’s my next wine trip
Kyle Harvey

Kyle Harvey

Lived on Mt Etna for 4 years. Shoot me an email if you end up going -
Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

Thanks @Kyle Harvey ! I’m I’ll let you know if I make it there


Passopisciaro Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese 2012

From magnum. Red fruits, minerally. Somehow the fruit covered the 15.5% abv. — 6 days ago

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