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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Red ruby with light tints of garnet.
Ethereal aromas of fruit, spices, with a nuance of tobacco and vanilla.
On the palate, it is dry, full, tannic, balanced and persistent with flavor of licorice. Reasonably persistent and tannic.
Optimal with red meat, wild fowl and
"The 2006 Nerello Mascalese Il Monovitigno is outrageous. Mint, flowers and sweet perfumed cherries are just some of the nuances that emerge from this textured, silky red. Deceptively medium in body, the wine blossoms on the palate with exquisite detail, clarity and freshness, all of which lead to a round and utterly harmonious finish. Readers who want to discover the virtues of Nerello Mascalese may want to start here. This is a gem of a wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
The Wine Advocate
"Medium-light red: readers take note that this is an appropriate color for a wine that's made with 100% nerello mascalese. Pure, bracing aromas of sour red cherry, dried herbs, anchovy and bacon are lifted by a lovely mineral element. Layered flavors of finely textured red fruits are dense, lush and broad, with firm acidity giving the wine a light touch. Finishes complex and very long, with delicate herbal and pure red berry qualities and a trace of excess alcohol that blows off. This very impressive wine is one of the best nerello mascalese bottlings from Benanti I can recall at a similar stage of development.Rating: 92(+?)"
International Wine Cellar
"Il Monovitigno is a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese—Mt. Etna’s most promising variety—with aromas of black olive, Indian spice, mesquite, black fruit and volcanic ash. It’s tonic and fresh in the mouth and encourages a pairing with spicy meat recipes."
At the end of the 1800"s, Giuseppe Benanti, grandfather of Dr. Giuseppe Benanti, began the production of wines on one of his father"s old farms on the slopes of Mount Etna, at Viagrande (Catania). In 1988, Giuseppe Benanti revived the family"s old passion, with an extensive and selective study of the Etnean soils highly devoted to viticulture. He also investigated particular clones...Read More About Benanti
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...Read More About Sicily
Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...Read More About Other Red Blends
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