Bonavita

Faro Nerello Blend

9.1109 ratings
9.223 pro ratings
Messina, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Blend
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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)

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)

Jun 10th, 2021
Josh Morgenthau

Transparent ruby. Perfume of red berries, roses and tart cherry fruit. Crunchy. A touch of cherry lozenge, some fine black pepper. Medium to light weight body. This is just great, so fresh and so clean.

Transparent ruby. Perfume of red berries, roses and tart cherry fruit. Crunchy. A touch of cherry lozenge, some fine black pepper. Medium to light weight body. This is just great, so fresh and so clean.

May 7th, 2021
James Forsyth

An interesting, highly savory, midweight wine that has subtle dark fruits and earthy notes. Natural and non-interventionist, it's one to drink up while still very bright and attractive.

An interesting, highly savory, midweight wine that has subtle dark fruits and earthy notes. Natural and non-interventionist, it's one to drink up while still very bright and attractive.

Jul 18th, 2018
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.0

A bit closed at first especially on the nose, but slowly reveals classic Nerello flavors of dried herbs, dried berries and dirt. Needs air, time, and/or food but is nicely balanced with a natural earthy beauty.

A bit closed at first especially on the nose, but slowly reveals classic Nerello flavors of dried herbs, dried berries and dirt. Needs air, time, and/or food but is nicely balanced with a natural earthy beauty.

May 31st, 2018
Bob Hagemann

Had at Have & Meyer in Brooklyn. Deliciously smooth with a bit of dance on the palate on the finish

Had at Have & Meyer in Brooklyn. Deliciously smooth with a bit of dance on the palate on the finish

1 person found it helpfulSep 6th, 2020
Michael Meyer

An elegant structured Sicilian wine from Faro (extreme NE tip of the island). Kind of like Nebbiolo (with its tar, rose, and bright clear color) meets Sangiovese (with its rich cherry, leather/tobacco, and assertive acidity). A food wine for sure, as Narellos always are. This one has a wee bit of Nocera as well. A fine producer...they make a rosato as well from the same blend - reputed to be the best on the island.

An elegant structured Sicilian wine from Faro (extreme NE tip of the island). Kind of like Nebbiolo (with its tar, rose, and bright clear color) meets Sangiovese (with its rich cherry, leather/tobacco, and assertive acidity). A food wine for sure, as Narellos always are. This one has a wee bit of Nocera as well. A fine producer...they make a rosato as well from the same blend - reputed to be the best on the island.

1 person found it helpfulJun 30th, 2017
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

9.3

Best Nerello blend I've had in a long time.

Best Nerello blend I've had in a long time.

1 person found it helpfulDec 24th, 2016
Francesco Iacono

Bella e ricca astringents accompagnata da acidità viva

Bella e ricca astringents accompagnata da acidità viva

Dec 2nd, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.0

Dried berries, wet sand and leather with dried flowers.

Dried berries, wet sand and leather with dried flowers.

Jul 22nd, 2016
Brian O'Donnell

Nice!

Jan 3rd, 2016