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Gulfi Nerobufaleffij 2006

Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Nerobufaleffi offers a gentle and exotic rendition of Nero d'Avola. Bright, multifaceted bouquet, featuring well-delineated aromas of ripe red berry fruit, roasted flowers, cedar, chalk and nutmeg. In the mouth Nerobufaleffi displays a delicious silky texture, loaded with fresh acidity and laced with penetrating flavors of ripe red cherry, roasted flowers and aromatic sandalwood. Tannins are fine-grained and lead to a bright, persistent, savory finish. The wine will likely reach its plateau of maturity between 8 and 15 years of bottle age.

Critical Acclaim

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The 2006 Nero d'Avola Nerobufaleffi is one of the firmer wines in this line up. Here the ripe red fruit sits on a beautifully precise vein of minerality that gives the wine its phenomenal length and balance. Sweet flowers, licorice and anise add lift on the finish. This isn’t the richest Nero d’Avola from Gulfi, rather it is a wine where the structural elements play a key role in the wine’s personality, very much like Barolo or Barbaresco. Accordingly, another year or two in bottle will do the Nerobufaleffi a world of good. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
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Gulfi, Sicily, Italy
2006 Nerobufaleffij
It is a cliche that Sicilian wines are very similar among each other, especially when talking about wines from Pachino in Val di Noto, which is an area further south than Tunis. The Nerobuffaleffj, Neromaccarj, Nerobaronj, Nerosanlore are "crus" that take their name from the localities that they originate from and that are only a few kilometres, or even a few hundred metres, away from each other. The Gulfi winery selected these localities, which are among the oldest and best know in Pachino for the cultivation of Nero d’Avola. Their intrinsic peculiarities and different organoleptic nuances – notwithstanding that they are all Nero d’Avola – struck us from the very beginning and made us decide to respect the integrity of the vines for "cru", which is the true expression of the vineyard in its entirety.

Etna makes Sicily different and makes the difference between the two Sicilies: Western and Eastern. It’s Etna that makes Sicily different and that makes the difference between Western and Eastern Sicily. In front of the tallest active volcano in Europe one can not remain indifferent. The Mountain is, for us from Eastern Sicily, a reference. Our Reseca is the offspring of an old alberlli vineyard in the area of Randazzo, on the northern side of Etna, which encloses the peculiarity and uniqueness of this territory and its mainland climate. It takes strength from the primordial volcanic earth and the indigenous vine "Nerello Mascalese" that is cultivated in "alberello" style: an ancient example of winemaking culture.

A large, geographically and climatically diverse island off the toe of Italy, Sicily has long been recognized for its fortified Marsala wines. It is also home to red and white table wines that have been steadily increasing in quality and popularity over the past few decades, allowing Italy’s fourth largest wine-producing region to shed its former image as merely a supplier of bulk wine. Certainly, plenty of bulk wine is still made here, but those who look beyond that will find plenty of high-quality wines for every-day drinking as well as bottles from boutique producers who espouse thoughtful vineyard practices (the organic wine movement thrives here). Though most think of the climate here as simply hot and dry, there is some variation on the sun-drenched island, particularly at high elevation on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Although Sicily’s comeback began with clever labels and easily recognizable international varieties, its charm lies in its indigenous grapes. Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red variety, responsible for full-bodied, berry fruited wines throughout the island. In Cerasuolo di Vittoria, it is blended with the lighter, more floral Frappato to create an elegantly balanced wine. On the volcanic soils of Mount Etna, many noteworthy wines are being produced in every color—whites from Cataratto and Carricante, and rosés from Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. All of these wines share a racy streak of minerality and at their best can bear more than a slight resemblance to their respective Burgundies. Grillo and Inzolia, the grapes of Marsala, are used to produce generally simple, crisp dry whites. Pantelleria, a subtropical island belonging to the province of Sicily, specializes in Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the variety locally known as Zibibbo.

Nero d'Avola

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Opulent and fruit-driven with robust tannins, Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most widely planted red grape variety. Popular throughout Sicily both on its own and in blends, it features alongside Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Nocera in full-bodied Faro, and with Frappato in Cerasuolo di Vittoria to produce a light, lively wine.

In the Glass

Nero d’Avola is a bold, powerful wine with relatively high alcohol, moderate acidity, and an affinity for oak. Its flavors and aromas are of dark fruit (like plum, blackberry, and black cherry), peppery spice and sweet cocoa, occasionally accompanied by an earthy or herbal character. Dried fruit flavors are also common due to the hot weather this variety requires to thrive.

Perfect Pairings

Nero d’Avola’s dark, spicy flavors lend it well to richly flavored grilled meat dishes, but can also be a great compliment to simple pizza or pasta.

Sommelier Secret

If you love big, bold wines like Napa Cabernet and Châteauneuf-du-Pape but want to stick to a budget, look no further than Nero d’Avola for a worthy substitute. Even the best examples are often under $20.

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