Sicilian Reds round-up - WBW #8
Posted on Thursday 14th of April 2005 under
What a wonderful response from everyone for this month's Wine Blogging Wednesday, 26 entries in all! It was very nice to see some of the wines we were hoping people would discover because it means that good Sicilian wines are making the rounds - even if they are not as easy to get every time.
I was planning to come up with some elaborate geographical scheme for presentation, but nothing really quite worked. So I am falling back to the good old tried and tested method of first come first served!
And first up is Winos and Foodies contribution - A truly Sicilian weekend accompanied with a Nero d'Avola from Feudo Principi di Butera.
Next, was WLW-WineGeek.com, with a Planeta La Segreta Rosso 2003. An interesting IGT wine, blending Nero d'Avola, Merlot and Syrah.
Now, Potential Gold is just rubbing it in. They actually made it to Vinitaly, which we really wanted to go to but couldn't this year. Amongst many, many wines they also had three Sicilian ones. A Chardonnay from Cusumano, Planeta's Burdese, and Benuara from Cusumano.
PurpleSunshine.com tried a 2002 Feudo d'Elimi Nero d'Avola, which I've never heard of before - and judging by their review I think I know why!
Kitchen Chick tried a 2004 Nero d'Avola Cusumano and made a whole Sicilian-themed night out of it, and in all it turned out to be a success.
Gastronomie tried so hard to not fall into the Nero d'Avola pattern she actually went for Grillo - which is certainly not Nero d'Avola but not even a red wine! She tried a Feudo Arancio Grillo.
Cork Dork tried two - a Gulfi Rossoibleo 2003 and a Poggio Bidini Nero D'Avola 2003. Both quite interesting.
Grab your fork offered up another Sicilian white, this time a Corvo 2001 made from Inzolia grapes. There's no taming these bloggers...
Obsession with Food offers a 2001 Rosso del Soprano, Azienda Agricola Palari, which is "pretty" and "pleasant" and I loved the mention of a rabbit alla stemperata, shows a guy who knows what his talking about!
The Cincinnati Wine Garage offers us a Colosi Sicilia 2002, again a new one for me. Story absolutely worth a visit for the explanation of where the term Nero d'Avola comes from.
Spittoon tried a Cusumano Benuara, 2003 and gave it a very respectable 90/100.
Caroly Tillie enters the wacky world of Wine Blogging Wednesday with an impressive Morgante 2001 Nero D'Avola, Vendemmia, and Sicilian wines have a new convert!
Culinary Fool offers a 2002 Donnafugata Sedara. Love the attention to detail and the full story behind the wine and choice.
A trained sommelier up next, Alberto, of Il Forno treads safe paths with a Nero d'Avola 2003, Cusumano. As he says "and a surprisingly long finish for a wine in this price class (9 euro). Definitely worth the price."
The Delicious life went for a 2003 Morgante Nero d'Avola. A great discussion on a nice wine.
Basic Juice rescues us from Nero d'Avola land with a Planeta Syrah di Sicilia, '02, accompanied with Patatas Bravas and smoked sausage it sounds like a good evening, even if the wine could do with some more aging.
Marta's postcards tried a Regaleali Nero d'Avola of Tasca d'Almerita, which did not meet expectations.. still the dinner was good a Swordfish Stemperata!
Winecast, went full out with three Sicilians. A Firriato, Chiaramonte", Nero d'Avola 2002, a Morgante, Nero d'Avola 2003 and a Colosi, Dry Red Wine 2002. All scored highly with he Firriato taking a 9/10.
The Accidental Hedonist, tried a 2003 Planeta La Segreta Rosso, and it gets...a "yes"!
This heaven gives me migrane went for a 2001 Gulfi Nero d'Avola Nerojbleo. Great summary of the Gulfi estate and the wine managed to get an A-, so not too bad.
Seattle Bon Vivant managed to get hold of a bonafide Sicilian chef with a restaurant and has a wonderful story about the whole experience and tasting, amongst others, 2003 MandraRossa Shiraz.
The Caveman found a Passomagio 2002, Santa Anastasia, which they liked, and a Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, Fazio, which could compete with a Planeta - but still that is pretty stiff competition!
Cuisine Capers discovered a new one to me - a Genofranco Sidney Frank Nero D'avola. With a pizza it proved a solid choice and an evening to repeat!
Lenn, who I guess is the godfather of this particular event - (hey I am allowed one stereotype aren't I?) - got his consigliere to fetch him a Morgante 2003 Nero d'Avola and he sat in a semi-dark room with a glass. After a slow sip he pronounces..."In fact, I think I'll take a couple bottles of this upstate with us the next time FMIL (future mother in law) is going to make such a feast.
Finally, we went for our good old favourites, COS and specifically a 2000 Nero d'Avola Scyri. In retrospect, and given the predominance of Nero d'Avola's, perhaps we should have gone for something else like a Cerasuolo DOCG. Still, many chances in the future to do this!
A couple of days after this story was originarlly posted a small update - we have two late entries!
The CookSister managed to track down an IGT, a Nero d'Avola - Merlot, which did not live up to claims on the label - but then again once you see the label on her story you may have a good idea why!
Finally, Snackish, managed a Nobili di Trinacria Nero d'Avola, overall not a bad one, especially at $8.99.
In all this was a fascinating experience for us. Fantastic to see Sicilian wines spreading across the world and that they can excite and intrigue people. Sicilian wineries are working hard to shed their "quantity Vs quality" image of the eighties and from this survey they seem to be doing a pretty good job!