As everyone knows, I adore Nero d’Avola so I was rather thrilled when I happened upon Duca di Salaparuta Calanica Nero d’Avola-Merlot 2009. Wine shops in my area don’t tend to carry a large or varied selection of Nero d’Avola, so it was fantastic to see a new addition to the shelf and a fun sounding blend as well. Duca di Salaparuta is a group made up of 3 historic Sicilian brands; Corvo known for their value wines, Duca di Salaparuta established as producing wines that reflect the character of Sicily, and Florio an artisanal winery producing terrior-driven wines . All 3 wineries were purchased by Illva Saronno Holding and merged into a single group with a goal of presenting a “range of wines for every taste and occasion”.
Transparent, deep ruby in colour, subtle aromas of cherry, plum and toasty cinnamon swirled about. Silky smooth flavours of cherry and blackberry joined black tea notes in the medium body. Spicy pink peppercorn and dense, sweet raisin comprised the moderate finish. Easy drinking with soft round flavours, this is an enjoyable everyday glass.
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Merlot
Bottled by Duca Di Salaparuta
Enjoy now thru 2013
*Only 300 cases made
Rated 86 points by Wine Enthusiast