2014 Biondi "Outis" Etna Rosso

SKU #1284850 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This gorgeous wine opens with aromas of smoke, baking spice, red berry and flint. The mineral note carries over to the vibrant, silky palate, accenting juicy Morello cherry, white pepper, star anise, Mediterranean herb and tobacco. Polished tannins and fresh acidity provide impeccable balance. Hold for more complexity. Drink 2019-2027. (KO)  (9/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright red. Sweet botanical herbs, minerals and intense red cherry aromas on the captivating nose. Sweet on entry, then focused and penetrating; savory, saline soil tones currently dominate red primary fruits. A big wine but light on its feet. The finish is long and bright. 92+ (ID)  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2016 | Send Email
Ciro Biondi produces some of the most elegant reds of Sicily's Mt Etna region and they are among my favorite as well. His property is on the southeastern slope of the volcano where the wines tend to be a bit lighter in color than their better-known contemporaries on the northern side. Nonetheless Biondi's "Outis" is fragrant and flavor-packed with no shortage of earthy spiced red fruits and fine tannins that almost transport us directly to Etna. Don't let the paler Pinot Noir-like color fool you, as this wine is substantial and sure to impress.

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Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Sicily