2013 Feudi del Pisciotto "Versace" Nero d’Avola (1.5L) (Previously $60)

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 A nero d'avola with sour cherries and coffee bean. A light version of this grape with a refined texture. Drink now.  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Paolo Panerai is a man who knows what he wants. One of Chianti Classico’s best known producers, he has been making wine at his estate, Castellare di Castellina, for more than 25 years. His wines have always been known for their elegance and purity, and for being exceptionally well balanced and long-lived. Paolo is not a man who rests on his laurels. He purchased a winery in the Maremma, along the Tuscan coast, called Rocca di Frassinello. It too is lauded for its wine quality and has received many high scores from famed wine reviewers. Paolo is not a man wanting for a challenge either, so, looking to make wines entirely different from those of his other two Tuscan properties, he purchased Feudi del Pisciotto. Feudi del Pisciotto is an estate in Sicily, just a little north of Vittoria on Sicily’s south coast but closer to the eastern side of the island. Not too far from the estate is a town called Avola, just above Siracusa on the eastern coast. This is where the grape called Nero d’Avola, the black from Avola, comes from. What English speakers call a red grape, Italians call a black grape. In the mid-1990s there was an explosion of Nero d’Avola, coming from newly planted vineyards. It was Italy’s answer to the easy drinkability and fresh fruitiness of California’s Pinot Noir. Unfortunately this included lots of very low-priced wine from very young vines and a whole lot of “winemaking,” and predictably the craze faded rapidly. That’s not to say Nero d’Avola isn’t a superb grape; it just wasn’t being grown properly and it was being forced to be something it wasn’t. Paolo Panerai had an idea about how to let this grape express itself and do it at a price point that wouldn’t be super low end but wouldn’t break the bank either. The wines at Feudi del Pisciotto offer the aromatics I look for in Nero d’Avola. They reflect the abundance of Sicilian sun, a kiss of salt from the nearby sea and a soft and inviting richness.
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