Babo Nero d'Avola 2015
The wine has a lot of Mediterranean about it, though its agile mouthfeel and supple, almost Beaujolais-like fleshy feel make this quite a unique example to the variety. Perhaps this shouldn't be a surprise; the wine has plenty of semi-carbonic influence (including 10% whole bunches) and is aged in massive French oak casks for 10 months before bottling.
The Wine Front – Sicily can be such a happy hunting ground for wines that combine drinkability, interest and good value. There's three ticks here. This is savoury and minerally, but lush with dark cherries, spice, floral top notes, and maybe a few of the old cheeky black jellybeans. Love the smooth silty tannin, pitch perfect acidity, and the light spiciness to finish. It's only just medium bodied, almost delicate for a Nero, but gee this is good drinking. So sophisticated at the price.
In a mixed or straight case: $23.74