Screenwriter Richard Smith & Nero d’Avola
April 16, 2020
Wines of the Night
2018 Valle dell'Acate "Tenuta Ibidini" Nero d'Avola Sicilia ($16)
This Nero d'Avola has fruity aromas of strawberry, star anise and raspberry that carry through to the palate alongside notes of white pepper and black cherry jam. Juicy and straightforward, it's made to be enjoyed soon.
2016 Gulfi "NeroBaronj" Nero d'Avola Sicilia ($25)
Good full medium red. Riveting high-pitched perfume of raspberry, blood orange and violet, lifted by hints of lemon and talc. Clean, focused, and well delineated, with strong minerality and fresh spices lifting the raspberry fruit and very floral flavors. Easygoing and very drinkable already, this expresses a very silky texture. Finishes vibrant and very long, with subtle perfume of strawberry and violet. A pretty wine.
2016 Gulfi "NeroSanlore" Nero d'Avola Sicilia ($38)
Luminous red. Precise, brooding aromas of ripe red cherry, flint, orange rind, cinnamon, lavender and violet, complicated by iodine and earth. Silky and sappy with refined but very concentrated extract, this smothers the taste buds but stays vibrant and not at all heavy, offering lovely definition and lift to the red cherry, raspberry, floral and mineral flavors. Finishes extremely deep and long, with ultra-suave tannins, mesmerizing inner-mouth perfume and extreme refinement; very Barolo-like.