2011 Valle dell'Acate "Case Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia

SKU #1116953 Jancis Robinson

 Medium violet ruby. Lifted and very perfumed and with chalky notes. Sweet raspberry fruit. Medium bodied, lifted palate and not demanding at all.  (5/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another delicious wine, the 2011 Nero d'Avola is full of varietal character. Juicy red berries, flowers, spices and mint take shape in the glass in this radiant, generous Nero d'Avola. This is another tasty wine to drink over the next year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014. Case Ibidini, Valle dell Acate's second label, is a great choice for readers looking for budget friendly wines.  (2/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Easy, fresh and true to the variety, this expression offers blue flower and forest berry notes, backed by almond and pistachio accents. The finish is crisp, tight and lean.  (3/2013)

K&L Notes

A second label of Valle dell'Acate, the Case Ibidini range (pronounced ‘bidini) consists of varietally labeled wines from the estate intended for more casual consumption. The local name of the area where the estate is situated, Bidini, is drawn from the ancient root Bidis. This in turn referred to the name of a group of early Hellenic settlers who populated the area nearly 20 centuries ago. These wines provide a purity and authenticity reflective of the philosophy of the estate, all at an affordable price. Made from 100% Nero d'Avola grapes grown in medium-compact soil interspersed with tufa. The wine was aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks. Its ruby red color, bright fruit flavors, and pleasant tannins make it suitable for everyday meat dishes: roasted, stewed or otherwise. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a superb set of wines from Valle dell'Acate. Not only are the wines delicious, the best bottles deliver incredible value as well. The estate uses only their best hillside plots for the Valle dell'Acate label, while the vineyards in the plains are used for the entry-level Case Ibidini range." (06/11)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2014 | Send Email
Always a favorite, but love this 2011! Cranberry and raspberry, the palate is immediately charming and (incredibly) the fruit yields to the wine’s minerality; eliminating any possibility of it being over bearing. Impeccably balanced and wonderfully smooth, Valle del Acate is a renowned producer that has taken an indigenous Sicilian grape, often known for its weight and power, and given it grace.

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