When I do happen upon Nero d’Avolas, they usually tend to be right around the $10 mark, or around $50. There doesn’t seem to be too much of a middle ground in wine shops around me. I found the Tasca d’Almerita Lamuri Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2009, and while not truly a mid-price point, it was the most expensive Nero d’Avola they had on their shelves. [Such a slighted grape, at least in upstate NY] The Wine Advocate review posted next to the bottle stated that “The 2009 Lamuri is Tasca’s mid-range Nero d’Avola, although it is a wine that regularly over delivers for its price.” I’m always a fan of that. In addition its “Sweet candied fruit, herbs and flowers meld together nicely in this polished, mid-weight red.” Even though this description had rumblings of “generic”, I decided to hop onboard.
A hot alcohol smell was prominent so I let the air get at it for about an hour. Dark ruby in colour, very subtle aromas of cherry blossom and rosemary emanated from the glass. The body was on the lighter side of medium, with a cherry flavor supported by faint vanilla notes. Elements of black pepper did their best to amplify the rather brief finish. Although quite smooth, I found the bottle to be lacking in that lush, rustic blend of rich fruits and spices that Nero d’Avola is celebrated for. I was anticipating a big velvety, hearty glass, and unfortunately encountered an adequate yet bland glass.
100% Nero d’Avola
Bottled by Conte Tasca D’Almerita