Sicily, Italy

Marchesi Mazzei

Zisola Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2013

Tonight I have opened the 2013 Zisola Sicilia a 100% Nero D'Avola. I wanted to try something different because there has been so much talk about how the wines from Sicily have come such a long way.

On the nose there is black cherry, black plum, prune, licorice, chewing tobacco, dried herbs and a hint of cocoa.

On the palate I am getting black cherry, black plum, plum sauce, herbal notes, spice, pepper, tobacco, leather and dry clay.

This wine is full bodied with medium + acidity with medium high tannins that move right into a prolonged finish. An enjoyable wine that could be used with food or by itself. Have a great weekend and please stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 9 days ago

Kirk, Dawn and 9 others liked this

Barraco (Nino Barraco)

Sicilia Zibibbo

Very expressive nose with both fruit and perfume. I couldn't pinpoint the floral component but it wasn't as rose-y as some other grapes. On the palate the wine was very high in acidity, almost sour. It was still fruity but not as full bodied as the nose would lead you to believe. Paired really well with a goat cheese and kale pie! — 5 days ago

Frank Cornelissen

Contadino Terre Siciliane Rosso Red Blend

Very very fruity on the nose - violets and black currants. Juicy on the palate with hints of lingonberry, loads of acidity and, a bit surprisingly to me, a smoky, meaty finish. Like that of a good salami. Nice tannins and a very balanced wine. — 5 days ago

Adam liked this

Tornatore

Pietrarizzo Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese 2015

The nose was dark with smoky minerals, dried orange, and exotic spices, giving way to crushed cherry, with hints of floral undergrowth. On the palate, I found energetic textures with zesty spiced cherry and raspberry, hints of orange zest, ginger and peppery spice. The finish was long and lively with saturating red fruits, mint and lingering minerals. — 3 days ago

Eric, Riddley and 6 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

Sicilia Grappa di Frappato

Our unintended yet delightful meal at Leuca ended with a small pour of this grappa. I haven't been one to drink grappa since doing a spot of archaeology in Albania some years back where we would down tumblers full to kill off the bad stuff from the mountains of mussels we'd eat. Grappa and Raki - I never got sick thanks to that duo.

This grappa was a step up from my previous experience, with a complex, musty aroma and satisfying though not overwhelming heat.
— 2 months ago

James, Bob and 14 others liked this
Brian Szluk

Brian Szluk

Arianna Occhipinti is doing some very modern winemaking in Sicily. Did not know she made a grappa. Very cool!

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Nerello Cappuccio 2014

The aromas explode out of the glass like the volcano from where these grapes are grown . Ash, spice, leather jacket and cinnamon grab your nose that is reminiscent of Moe leading Curly or Larry around a room. In the mouth a palate that matches its nose. The creaminess that only true old vines can deliver. A complete package of weightless power and concentration. If I had a nit to pick it was that after 3 hours a hint of alcohol creeped in. — 14 days ago

Ron, Bob and 32 others liked this

Azienda Agricola COS

Terre Siciliane Frappato 2015

Delightful dinner at Marta accented by this delicious 2015 Cos Frappato. Red current and Christmas spice with violets and a touch of earth. Light bodied but full of personality. It tastes like spring. — 16 days ago

Paul, Eric and 22 others liked this
Meg Herring

Meg Herring Influencer Badge

I just had a Frappato the other day too! It was my first. This one sounds cool!

Azienda Agricola COS

Contrada Sicilia IGT Nero d'Avola 2009

Alder Yarrow
9.2

Meaty, leathery, berry herbs and a touch of acidophilus. Very tasty. — 9 days ago

Hermes, Ira and 11 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

Siccagno Sicilia Nero d'Avola

Such a beautiful aroma! Dense, red fruit packed in a fine wooden box. On the palate the oak is noticeable in a very pleasing way. The tannins are a bit tighter, the fruit is pure and the finish is long and smooth. I get hints of lingonberry in the fruit but there's much more to it, a nice complexity. Great wine! — 5 days ago

Adam and Anthony liked this

Feudo Montoni

Vigna del Masso Catarratto

Subtle white and yellow bouquet, touch of mint and bay leaf, Mayer lemon and tangerine peel and apricot. Mineral with round mouthfeel. Med plus acidity. What a lovely white. Rocky, sandy soil, iron rich. 55 yr old vine. Sur lies with botonnage in cement containers for 6 month.

Had porcini and truffle risotto with the wine. Heaven!
— 9 days ago