This Sicilian Nero D’Avola is a nice bright wine with a yeasty bouquet and a decent though somewhat non-descript nose. In the mouth immediately after pouring, it gives an initial impression of being “sweet” but it is NOT sweet and has a base of solid tannins. Again, flavors are closed and hard to define yet this is a tantalizing wine.
After twenty minutes or so of breathing it opens a bit though not tremendously but with nice fruit; clearly this is a wine made in the old world style where everything is just more subtle. It paired well with Italian sausage and tortellini. This wine was $8 on sale from $10 and as I wrote, it is rather simple but well made and a good value at this price--another bottle of wine which passed the all-important “empty bottle” test by the end of dinner. Now raise a glass!