La rivista britannica Decanter ha testato e recensito 39 vini siciliani, per brevità riporterò solamente quelli che hanno raggiunto almeno i 90/100.
Ottoventi, Bianco, Terre Siciliane 2012
Floral, fruity and with a distinctive flavour profile. Very perfumed and long with tropical fruit, banana, camphor and a hint of mint. Great length and weight.
Price: £14.75 H2Vin, Terra Wines
Curatolo Arini, Zibibbo, Sicilia 2012
Highly aromatic. Lovely sense of purity and a brilliant citrus character with lemons, oranges, plus pineapple and grapes. Has real character and personality, with a slightly rustic note at the
back. Perfect with shellfish.
Price: £17.99 Liberty Wines, Scarlet Wines
Gulfi, Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012
Aromatic with notes of violet petals and quinine. Deep, rich and sweet black fruit flavours that last and last, buoyed by the vibrant, balancing acidity. Good intensity of fruit and great length.
Price: £15.99–£18.99 Davis Bell McCraith, James Nicholson
Gulfi, Nerobaronj, Sicilia 2008
Vibrant on the palate with violet, rosehip and plum flavours and great length. Strong, powerful tannins balance perfect, pristine fruit and refreshing acidity.
A highbrow Nero d’Avola, with great potential.
Price: £24.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Carruthers & Kent, Davis Bell McCraith, Fine & Rare Wines, The Fine Wine Co
Feudo di Santa Tresa, Frappato, Sicilia 2012
Fine rendition of true Frappato. Floral with delicately aromatic red berries and herbs. Long and crisp on the finish with the signature Frappato saline nuance. Lean tannins, but will be excellent with food. Great stuff.
Price: £10.75 Vintage Roots
Centonze, Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010
Leafy redcurrant, cherry and cranberry aromas and flavours. Crisp and bright with lots of freshness and vibrancy. Frappato perfume and Nero d’Avola body. Finishes long, floral and salty.
Price: £16.50 Vini Italiani
Cusumano, Sàgana, Sicilia 2011
Premium red made to age, with very well-integrated oak. Fruit flavours are ripe and concentrated, with compact tannins and macerated cherry flavours. Broad but fresh, with a lovely long finish. Archetypal Nero d’Avola.
Price: £26.90 Eurowines
Donnafugata, Mille e una Notte, Contessa Entellina 2008
Deep, pure, refined chalky and graphite notes. Youthful, long, bright and chewy. Serious wine with very typical Nero d’Avola aromas and flavours that last and last.
Price: £51.99–£61.99 AG Wines, Liberty Wines
Marabino, Archimede, Eloro Pachino Riserva 2010
Deep, full aromas of red cherry, herbs, sweet liquorice and cocoa. Then a concentrated, bright and suave palate, with rich, deep, supple flavours similar to the aromas. Very long, with vibrant acidity; great stuff.
Price: £28.99 The Cheese & Wine Co
Baglio del Cristo di Campobello, Lu Patri, Sicilia 2010
Smoky, flinty, long and pretty nose. Full-bodied, with candied red cherry and violet aromas and flavours, with strong hints of coffee, roasted wood and hot earth notes. Lovely.
Price: £35 Top Selection
Cento Cavalli, Nero d’Avola, Terre Sicliane 2012
Pure, vibrant and concentrated dark cherry aromas – has depth. Gentle scattering of spice on top of very concentrated fruit, with notes of dried thyme and dried chilli. Good, grippy finish; this tastes Italian.
Price: £8.99 Carruthers & Kent, Liberty Wines, The Longship
Adria Vini, Ca’ di Ponti, Nero d’Avola, Sicilia 2011
Fresh, with lovely red fruits, then savoury and saline notes with grilled herbs, minerals, scorched earth and red berry flavours that linger. The fruit is well tamed, leading to a spicy finish.
Price: £6–£7 Amps Fine Wines, D Byrne & Co, Highbury Vintners, Hoults Wine Merchants, Secret Cellar, Stone Vine & Sun, TJ Wines
Donnafugata, Ben Ryé, Passito di Pantelleria 2011
A perfect sweet wine. Smooth and rich with sweet ’n’ sour apricot flavours that really linger.
Price: £30.75–£36.99 (375ml) AG Wines, Harrods, Planet of the Grapes, Reserve Wines, Selfridges, SH Jones
Donnafugata, Kabir, Moscato di Pantelleria 2012
A fine rendition of Moscato di Pantelleria. Lovely, floral, salty, and mineral, with fresh tangerine, and nectarine aromas and flavours. Perfect with shellfish and buffalo mozzarella.
Price: £27.75–£32.99 AG Wines, Liberty Wines, The Fine Wine Co
Vito Curatolo Arini, Marsala Superiore Riserva NV
Fresh, bright and long, this is an outstanding, well-made Marsala. Way above the average in this driest style of the wine.
Price: £15.99 Askewine, Bennetts Fine Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Connolly’s Wine, The Fine Wine Company, Highbury Vintners, Park + Bridge, Peckhams, Philglas & Swiggot, WoodWinters
Vito Curatolo Arini, Marsala Superiore Dolce NV
An excellent sweet Marsala. Long, with slightly caramelised fruits but the bright acidity keeps this light and lively on the palate.
Price: £13.99 Aitken Wines, Corks Out, Peckhams, Richard Granger Wines, South Downs Cellars, Whole Foods Market, Wine Man, The Wine Reserve, Wright Wine Co
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Annotazioni a margine
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Una annotazione che mi sento di mettere in rilievo è il buonissimo risultato ottenuto da due marsala, un vino a mio avviso sottovalutato da troppi anni, per le potenzialità ed i livelli di eccellenza oggi ( ma non da oggi ) raggiunti !