2011 Valle dell'Acate "Case Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Medium violet ruby. Lifted and very perfumed and with chalky notes. Sweet raspberry fruit. Medium bodied, lifted palate and not demanding at all.
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.
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)