Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: *** $$ Morgante Nero D'Avola Vendemmia, Sicilia, Italy, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Nero d'avola is a quintessential Italian red grape.  Today we are reviewing it in a 100% varietal bottling from a low yield vineyard, aged four months in small oak barrels.

Original tasting and review : This is Morgante Nero D'Avola Vendemmia, Sicilia, Italy, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass:   Deep burgundy, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep oak and soft fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and easy-going.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, purple fruit, still quite bright in style.  That is interesting and somewhat surprising at six years from vintage date.  An oaky balance surrounds the full fruit, leading to a clean and solid finish. 

In summary: Overall, bold and solid extracted experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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