How about the wines of Sicily?

Shall we try Sicilian wines?

A couple of weeks ago, we did a feature on South American wines. We indicated that the average wine consumer tries very few South American wines. Sicily is even a tougher wine sell to most U.S. wine drinkers. When was the last time, if ever, you had a wine from Sicily?

Our Vintage Wine Tasting group also has limited experience with Sicilian wines. We set out to try several to see how the wines fare compared to other wines of Europe. Here is what we discovered.

We found the choices of Sicilian wines to be limited in retail wine shops compared to other wines of Europe. We also found the wines to be light in style and low in alcohol. Not all of the Vintage Wine Tasters were very enthusiastic about the wines they tried. Perhaps the reason, the lighter style or the unfamiliarity with grapes such as Nero D’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato di Vittoria, and others. We need to keep trying the wines of Sicily. We still have much to learn about the wines of the world.

Some of the wines we tried were indeed worthy and passed our taste test. Here they are.

2018 “Ciauria” Etna Rosso

I can recommend the 2018 “Ciauria” Etna Rosso. KL Wines carries it for $24.99. This is more than I like to pay for a bottle of wine, but the I wanted to try a wine from Mount Etna. Tuscan winemaker Paolo Caciorgna owns the small Nerello Mascalese vineyard on Mount Etna. The vines are growing at high altitude in black volcanic soil. The light color betrays this wine. It is light, but drinks with character. It has subtle red fruit flavors along with white pepper. 90 Points and an excellent food wine.

2018 Valle dell’Acate “Tenuta Ibidini” Nero d’Avola

Three of our Vintage Wine Tasters purchased the “Tenuta Ibidini”. The wine is sold at Weimax Wines and KL Wines for $16. The Tenuta Ibidini got the nod from Vintage Taster Mike B, but not the other two. “I enjoyed the aroma and flavors of this wine. Very much a bistro quality with no flaws and very easy drinking. Medium body with limpid red color (dark Pinot Noir like). 88 Points.”

2018 Tenuta Delle Terre Etna Rosso – Randazzo Italy

Bruce tried three different Sicilian wines and the Tenuta Delle Terre Etna Rosso was his favorite. “It is very dry, with a soft texture on the palate. The wine is 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio. It is slightly tannic with red fruit character. The cost is $21.99 at Weimax Wines.”

So there you have it, a mixed bag of wine thoughts on the wines of Sicily from our Vintage Wine Tasting members. Do you have any thoughts or recommendations on Sicilian wine?

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  1. Hoosier Wino says

    Big fan of Etna Rosso, though I don’t drink it that often as bottles are rarely under $20 and not widely available. Nero d’Avola is great with pizza. Thanks for doing an article on these reds. Sicily also produces excellent whites, including an Etna Bianco, that are terrific alternatives to the usual Chard, SB and pinot grigio that fill the shelves.

    • Joe Becerra says

      Yes, we will try the white wines of Sicily. So many wines of the world to try. Thanks for commenting. Joe

  2. Roy Zimmermann says

    We attended a tasting of Tenuta Delle Terra wines here in Minnesota. Most of their wines were excellent, rather spendy. I bought several bottles of their Rosso, 2015 vintage, which were delightful. Not surprised you found it at Weimax. Whenever visiting my daughter in Burlingame, I shop at Weimax often.

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