2008 Palari Faro

SKU #1168122 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Faro Palari is the vintage currently on the market. The 2008 vintage in the Straits of Messina is similar to 2005 in terms of its mild climate and balanced weather. A good amount of rain and cool night temperatures during harvest set the conditions for bright aromatic intensity. This wine shows a beautiful quality of fruit with small red berries and a solid dose of ripe peach. Balsam herbs and dried rosemary appear on the fringe. As the wine evolves in the glass, it begins to show more leather and black licorice. One of the most noticeable aspects of this wine is its balanced acidity. The blend is 50% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, 20% Nocera and 10% other indigenous grapes. Drink 2016-2032. Salvatore Geraci makes one of the icon wines of southern Italy: Faro Palari. An architect by training, this charismatic Sicilian from Messina approaches every detail with extreme precision, from the health of each of his vines to the ambitious restoration of his family manor into a modern winery and tasting room. The magic of his wine, however, is his vineyard... (ML) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The largely unexplored Faro denomination in the northern point of Sicily is producing some of the island's best work. The promising Nocera grape variety is used here and vintner Salvatore Geraci is one of its biggest proponents. This blended red is finely embroidered with subtle notes of forest berry, cassis, leather and spice. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Rich and decadent wine with spice, foie gras, meat, ripe fruit. Full body, with round tannins, and a ripe and delicious finish. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark ruby with narrow orange rim. Almost like a sweet concentrated Nebbiolo on the nose. Lots of concentration and depth and grip. Big structure with lots of concentration but not-overtly-sweet fruit to balance. Gripping finale. Has the stuffing and weight to be cellared for a couple of years more. Very long, ripe fruit on the finish. (WS) 17.5+/20 points. Inner quote mark (5/2013)

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