Santa Anastasia Passomaggio 1999
"With a superstar winemaker like Riccardo Cotarella, how could you go wrong? This blend of 80% Nero d'Avola and 20% Merlot is tasty. The Merlot is picked late for additional ripeness, which brings juicy blackberry richness to the wine. Flavors of spice, cinnamon and earth are smooth yet full in the mouth. This is a great red to start off with in an Italian restaurant. By itself, or with a pizza or pasta, you can't beat it."
In the quarter of a century that has elapsed since Lena purchased the vast property (1980), an extraordinary team of agronomists and wine technicians, orchestrated by Lena himself with winemaker Riccardo Cotarella, has succeeded in crafting some of the new icons of Sicilian oenology from elevated, Guyot-trained vines and superb terroir.