100% Nero d'Avola, a variety native to Sicily, sometimes referred to as the "Godfather of Sicilian red wines". The MandraRossa estate vineyards are near the town of Menfi in southwestern Sicily.
Ruby red with flashes of orange with a fine, penetrating bouquet. Layers of damson, black cherry and licorice abound in this smooth and supple wine.
Nero d'Avola demonstrates a notable capacity for aging and is a splendid match with rich, flavorful pasta dishes, grilled red meats and hard, spicy cheeses.
Very smooth and deeply fruity
My wife and I purchased this wine hoping it would be as good as the Nero d' Avola produced by Quibli that we used to drink regularly while in Italy. We both agree that this wine was better!
I had been introducedd to Nero d'Avola a few years back by a friend who lives in Sicily. Since then I had bought several bottles and enjoyed them. This wine does not compare favorably to my previous tastings. It is not unpleasant, but lacks the character and full body that should characterize a good Nero d'Avola.
Spicy, tannic, and pretty strong in alcohol content (13.5%), the MandraRossa fails to supply enough body to hold up such a robust flavor. The end result is a watery red that can't really be considered silky with a highly acidic finish. I could really feel my palate burning after this one, which is rare in 2006 red varietals that I've tasted so far.
Was not enjoyable to us at all. The last bottle of same vintage was delightful, so was not sure if this bottle was mishandled or what.
I was very disappointed given that this wine was noted as a value wine with great popularity. The nose reminds me of brewed tea made in a coffee pot.