Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2005

Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy

Item No. 100490
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST90
  • V90

Winemaker's Notes

An enthralling bouqet calls attention to mature and sweet but not cooked scents and balsamic and floral notes of violets with a light trace of tobacco.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep red. Reticent nose hints at blackberry and black pepper, with a slight hint of volatile acidity. Sweet and spicy on the palate, showcasing black pepper, licorice and mineral flavors. Seems slightly less dense than previous vintages, with the acid, tannin and fruit components not yet in perfect harmony. Perhaps best today on the persistent, savory finish. This will undoubtedly improve in bottle, but I doubt it will reach the same heights as the superb 2003 or 2004."
90 Points

"The estate’s top red is the 2005 Contessa Entellina Mille e Una Notte, a Nero d’Avola based blend bursting with dark blueberries, violets, smoke, earthiness and minerals. The wine reveals notable depth and richness in a full-bodied style. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015. This is a very strong showing from Donnafugata and the Rallo family. The wines this year show notable balance and class."
90 Points

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In the Italian language, Donnafugata means fleeing woman. The story goes that in the late 19th century the Queen Maria Carolina after her flight from the court of Naples took refuge in the heart of Belice Valley in Sicily. This event inspired the image of the head of a woman, her hair tossed about by the wind and the Estate name. Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a...

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Learn About Sicily

(SIH-sih-lee) Sicily makes a lot o' wine. From Marsala, the sweet, fortified wine of the region, to up-and-coming Nero d'Avola, this hot and hilly region is diverse. Sicily was at one time more quantity focused than quality, and while it's still producing a great deal of wine, the quality coming out is much better. With poor soil (great for grapes), warm sunshine, little...

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Learn About Nero d'Avola

Nero d'Avola (NEH-roe Dah-VOE-lah) Sicilian Style Sicily, the warm island off the coast of Italy, has found its grape hero. Nero d'Avola has long been the indigenous grape variety of the area, but was originally relegated as a blending agent to add color and body to other wines of the region. In the past few decades, Nero d'Avola has come into...

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