Brash Higgins NDV Nero d'Avola 2016
Translucent ruby in colour, with a negroni and amaro-like nose with hints of lavender, nori and stem ginger. Orange peel also present, as is usual, reminiscent of an Old Fashioned cocktail, angostura bitters and all. A pomegranate, bright cherry mid-palate balanced by a refreshing sweet and sour red currant/cranberry acidity. The wine finishes with fine grained, chain link tannins that keep it all taut and exciting.
The Wine Front – Brad Hickey and family have worked some magic with nero d’avola in the past and decided to graft over additional nero to their Omensetter home vineyard. This is the sixth vintage of this great nero d’avola wine. Produced in amphora on the Brash Higgins estate. Macerated for 180 days, incredibly. Sweet cherry pie, sweet spice, touch of pretty leafiness, rose petal and pot pourri, really pretty perfume. Hello! It’s a lighter and brighter rendition of this wine, crisp edged, brisk and frisky, lifted on pepper and faint herbal character, cherry and berry fruitiness, but cinched and tight and refreshing. Really good, understated and vibrant wine here.
In a mixed or straight case: $42.74