Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy (£8.99-£9.99 Adnams, Vintage Roots, Ocado, Stainton Wines, Budgens) Very attractive wine with the nutty, heady floral peaches and cream of Viognier balanced by the perkier textured wet walnut of Grillo, quite rich, even naughty and voluptuous, but then has a […]

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy

Castèllo Solicchìata 2011, Sicilia, Italy (£22 Laithwaites) Slightly rustic volatile aroma initially but this diminishes with time to show Morello cherry and blackcurrant flavours pepped up with hints of tar and leafy tobacco. Fresh finish, but there’s a slightly dry, raisinny feel, as if some of the grape were a […]

Castèllo Solicchìata 2011, Sicilia, Italy

Fattorie Romeo del Castello ‘Allegracore’ Etna Rosso 2013, Sicily, Italy (£19.50 Tanners) Intriguing wine, gently spicy with a hint of smoky bacon – oak or not? – alongside the warm, plummy red cherry and strawberry flavours. Lovely violet fragrance too, but there’s also a whack of tannin for a backbone. […]

Two reds from Sicily

Yet another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Nicosia Frappato di Sicilia 2014, Italy (£7.95 The Wine Society) Lovely light, perfumed style, with its earthy raspberry and cherry flavours and fresh finish, think of it as a southern Italian take on Beaujolais. B+   Renato […]

Assorted Italian Reds

Extra Special Nero d’Avola 2012, Sicilia (£7 Asda) Warm, friendly winter wine, with a slightly raisinny edge to its heart plummy flavours, and a touch of savoury complexity on the finish – classic stew wine. B+ Barone di Bolaro Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore 2011, Calabria (£7.25 The Wine Society) Ah, […]

Wine Tasting Video: Italian Reds from Sicily, Calabria & Tuscany