Il Passo Nerello Mascalese Nero D’Avola 2014
This is a young estate in south-western Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.
Highly Commended - The Wine Merchant Top 100
Silver - Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
Silver - Decanter World Wine Award 2015
I picked up a bottle of this in a supermarket while on holiday. I’d not seen it before. It was one of those Japanese supermarkets where everything looked either exciting or frightening or both. Once spotted, I didn’t hesitate. Had no idea what an appropriate price is, or indeed what it’s quality would be like. If you see this in a shop anywhere; clear them out. It’s a beautiful, intriguing, tangy, sweet-but-serious wine at a snip of a price. Buy a dozen. Buy two. It’s rusty and redcurrranty, redolent of ripe raspberries, fractionally herbal and chalky but lively, scented, structured, the kit and the caboodle. It’s light and it’s lovely. $20-ish? I’m in. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $22; Closure : Cork; Drink : 2016 - 2019; Rating: 92 Points, Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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