Category Archives: Sicily

2007 Maurigi Bacca Rossa IGT Sicilia

Second to last bottle that I picked up a half case of after tasting. I was curious how this Southern Italian blend would age. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, loaded with mineral, wild berry, dried herbs, anise, not oaky, with lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, black licorice, dried herbs, hay, red berries, with good depth of complexity, and descent finish. Interesting wine!

2007 Planeta Chardonnay Sicily

Golden blond color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, mineral, apple, pineapple, butterscotch, spice, with some earth and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, serious weight, medium+ acidity, beautiful balance, lots of layers, serious wine that made everyone in the room stop and think. I’ve considered this wine one of the best Chardonnay’s in the world, and this vintage delivers.

2007 Tenuta della Terre Nere Guardiola

This wine rocked! 98% Nerello Mascalese, never heard of it, and 2% Nerello Cappucio, also never heard of it, grown on the black soil slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily. Said to be “Burgundy meets Barolo” this eye-opener really blew my mind and palate. It’s one of those wines that remind me how much I want to be able to afford all these beautiful rare treats. Pretty pale strawberry color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, cherry, cranberry, wild berry, straw, tar, mud, leather, loads of flowers, chalky soil, not any oak to speak to, and loaded with earth and mineral. On the palate, dry, dried plum and cherry, medium intensity, medium tannin, bright acidity, layered with interesting bark and earthy flavors, and a silky long finish. This wine was sheer beauty, it’s not every day that wine dorks get their palate blown off, and this is one of them.    

2005 Regaleali Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri Nero d’Avola

regaleali_lamuriDark ruby to purple color, serious stain to the legs. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, blackberries, figs, plum, herbs, black tea, foxy, meaty, lots of spice and pepper, with some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ body, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, loaded with inky black fruit, muscular wine, with a powerful finish, crying for some meat with peppercorns.

   

2006 Planeta Chardonnay Sicily

planeta_chard Perhaps my favorite Chardonnay over the past several years. This wine single-handedly put Sicily back on the map, as far as quality wine making goes. Ridiculous color, serious golden blonde. On the nose, youthful, lots of carmel apple, pear, lots of mineral, iron, steel, butterscotch, daffodil, wonder bread, honey, some oak, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, subdued fruit, but the mineral notes really shine through, medium acidity, medium body, with moderate length. This was a pretty awesome Chard, but I have had better vintages from this same producer. If anyone needs help finishing off their 04 Planeta please let me know. I travel for wine.    

2006 Martorana Colonna IGT Nero d’Avola & Syrah

We polished off two bottles of this after working Thanksgiving at the restaurant, and three other wines, which could have been the reason I was so lethargic yesterday, must remember to drink more water next time. While searching the net for images there were some unfavorable reviews that called for more cellaring and aeration. I have had this three times now, and never came close to the tasting notes I read on cellartracker but that is what makes the wine world go round. On the nose, youthful, plums, cherries, oats, grain, fruit loops cereal component, overt chalky earthiness, pepper, spice, and some oak but nothing out of the ordinary. On the palate, dry, tart dark berries, citrus flavored breakfast cereal, medium tannin, medium acidity, chalky soil, slight oak, and a moderate length on the finish. I did pull these bottles from the car so they were on the cold side but warmed up and the fruit opened up nicely. Do not expect a New World candy bar and you’ll enjoy this effort.    

2007 Maurigi Bacca Rossa Sicily IGT

60% Nero d’avola, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. I tried this a few times and picked up a few bottles because I was so intrigued. On the nose, youthful aromas, medium+ intensity, chalky earth, spice, green olive, wild berry, pomegranate, serious earth, not overtly oaky. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, interesting array of flavors, medium tannin, med acidity, medium body, good length on the finish. I felt like this wine would get better if I had some food, I was thinking tapenade.    

2006 Martorana Colonna IGT Sicilia


Equal parts Nero d’Avola and Syrah from Sicily, that’s been re-invented for quality wine in the past 7 years, after decades of plonk Marsalla and even plonkier table wines. This wine is from one of those taste now, order, and receive in five months when the tanker arrives, but no one else has it kind of tastings from a company called Small Vineyards. They do an amazing job of bringing in small production Italian wines no one has heard of, with elaborate stories, and real depth for the dollar. On the nose, youthful aromas, blackberry, wild berries not recognizable that I call foxy, black pepper, a fruit loops oaty/fruity character, meat, clove, anise, earth, and oak. On the palate, dry, med intensity, med tannin, smoke, wet earth, chalk, good acidity, balanced, not what I would call structured, but layered with fruit, earth, and oak. This is a fun wine that would be better with some wild game.