This is Feudo Montoni’s top cuvee of organic Nero D’Avola, an ancient variety indigenous to Sicily, comes from the heart of the island, on its mountainous spine between 500 and 700 meters in elevation. The elevation is crucial to escape the south Mediterranean heat with cool nights allowing for a long ripening season.
Fabio’s Nero D’Avola vines average 95 years old, producing tiny grapes with thick skins allowing for great aromatic complexity, a powerhouse mid-palate of black, spicy fruit and a fine, long finish. As big as it is, the wine is fresh and terrific with our restaurant’s chef Kevin’s Killer Beef Tartar.
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Fabio Sireci farms one of the most beautiful vineyard spots in Italy that overlooks an infinite expanse of vines and shifting waves of grain over softly rolling hills in inland Sicily. On a cloudy day, you can watch the magnificent peek-a-boo of brilliant sunbeams shine over the landscape as if you were in front of a life-sized movie screen. Those beautiful images always come to mind when I drink this wine. Tasted from magnum, the 2014 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Vrucara is maturing beautifully and slowly. The wine is dark and ripe at its core, but it shows a delicate framing of cola, dried rosemary, scorched earth, smoke, wild mushroom and fragrant rose hip. The bouquet is fluid and ever moving—much like that Sicilian landscape I described above—offering new layers of aromas with every swirl of the glass. In the mouth, the wine is fresh and very alive.
96 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
As big as it is, the wine is fresh and terrific with Chef Kevin’s Killer Beef Tartar.
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A big wine that needs something big to go with it. I can think of nothing better than a good Beef tartare appertif.