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Mirabile, Nero D’avola 2006

December 5, 2008

~$12US, 100% Nero D’Avola, Sicilia, Italy

This Sicilian producer’s whole line is represented at a local retailer, and I’ve only heard great things about the quality. I can’t remember the last Nero I’ve had, but it’s been a good 5 years and I’m always on the lookout for good weeknight wines to pair with pasta. This Nero seemed to fit the bill.

I popped and poured this garnet wine, and let it get a few minute of air in the glass. On the nose, ripe red strawberry fruit was clean and clear, along with a touch of tomato skin and thatchy-patchy bramble aromas – probably the midpoint between opulence and restraint in terms of intensity. The palate was nicely polished, round and balanced – tannins, acidity and fruit all noticeable but well integrated. Medium-full bodied. The finish was surprisingly elegant with a nice vein of minerality. No sappy-sweet oak, thankfully.

Towards the end of the last glass, it clicked in my brain—this wine was drinking like a quality, broad-shouldered California Pinot Noir with some old-world flair. And it loved red sauce. In that context, this is a steal and an would make a very stong winelist buy.

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  1. August 29, 2009 12:12 pm

    I just drank the 2007 and felt the same way about it. This vintage was more mixed red/black berry character, but excellently balanced and delightfully drinkable. An excellent value wine. I bougt this wine for 6 euros.

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