2 Sicilian Red Wine Discoveries 02-01-13

We are continuously searching to find tasty, interesting, food friendly wines produced from indigenous grape varieties to Italy & the Mediterranean basin for our VINO restaurant.  We have discovered…….easier said than done.  Recently. however, we have found TWO….& are absolutely thrilled not only with what’s in the bottle, but also how much quality they deliver, given the price.

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2011 Nanfro Frappato

Organically grown at roughly 1300 feet elevation in Sicily amongst sandy/clay soils, this is a wonderfully perfumed, delicious, juicy, lightly colored & incredibly food friendly Italian country wine which has finally arrived!!!!!  There are a surprisingly number of this grape variety now coming into the states, but nothing this good!



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2008 Riofavara “Sciave”

Riofavara is located in the Noto Valley, in the remote & rugged southern tip of Sicily.  Although this family has been farming here for over a century, they only started bottling their own wine in 1993, eliciting vivacious, mineral Nero d’Avola reds from the zone’s extreme, rocky limestone & marl, organically farmed terrains. I have not tasted a Nero d’Avola anywhere close to this in quality, typicity & soul.  What a discovery!!!!!!!

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