When most people think of Italian wine Sicily is probably not the first region that comes to mind. Although Sicily’s reputation as a food and wine paradise has remained intact for more than 3,000 years it is only in the past decade or so Sicilian winemakers have focused on lower yield, higher quality wines with character. Sicily’s dry, well-structured red and whites are a far cry from the sweet Marsala and Moscatos of the past. The demand internationally for Sicilian wine has skyrocketed with exports increasing by more than 60% in the past 3 years.

Today’s offer is from Nicosia, founded at the end of the 19th century by Francesco Nicosia, still run by his great-grandson Carmelo with his sons Francesco and Graziano today. The 2015 Nicosia Etna Rosso Vulka is composed of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio, both indigenous varietals of the region. The volcanic, mineral soils impart a richness to the wine and the altitude provides lower temperatures leading to a fresh, elegant profile. The ruby red colour with faint purple is typical of this variety and the bouquet offers lovely hints of red berries, morello cherry and black cherry. On the palate you will experience balanced tannins and a surprising fullness, flavour and persistence.

Price: Case of 12 at $268.80 ($22.40 per bottle)

Drink: Now or over the next 5 years

Varietal/Body: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio, Medium

Accolades: 2014 vintage received 90pts from Decanter’s tasting panel

Food Pairing: Pairs well with a variety of dishes from vegetarian pasta, seafood, chicken, turkey, braised beef, grilled pork chops as well as spicier cuisines such as Indian or Mexican

To place an order please email alidad@smallwinemakers.ca or call 416-463-4677

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