Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Valle dell’Acate

2002 $NA –
Rather wild aromatics full of tobacco with a distinct autumnal undercurrent that lends a woodsy tone to the licorice and smoke-accented aromas. Round and generous in the mouth with mineral-accented raspberry fruit that remains tense with mouthwatering acids and mostly resolved tannins that turn savory on the moderately long finish. Drink up. 91pts

2003 $NA –
A bit stinky on the nose with an almost reductive funk to the earthy, clay aromas. Some sweetness of fruit and noticeable power in the mouth, but this lacks some harmony. The black fruit shows some nice minerality, but the tannins stick out on the mid-palate and obscure the finish. Impactful, but clumsy at the same time. 86pts

2004 $23 –
Flat on the nose with a smoky, spicy, gentle oxidized character and top notes of old damp wood. Elegant and finely textured with a gentle sweetness of fruit and a slightly more muscular mid-palate that reveals dark fruit and a bit of tactile extraction, leading to a long black cherry finish. 85pts

2005 $26 –
Spicy on the nose with a nice array of nettles, flowers, dusty soil tones and fresh fruit. Bright and juicy in the mouth with excellent focus to the pure transparent mid-palate the reveals ripe fruit and tannins that are well-balanced. The black cherry and blueberry flavors seeps out on to the moderately long finish. Combines some power with ripeness, yet retains its elegance. 89pts

2006  $20 –
Fruity and floral on the nose with youthful strawberry fruit accented with orange oil. Gentle and juicy on entry with light black fruit tones that pass over the palate with elegance and energy. The finish is a little low key, but this is just so pure and fresh with fine cherry pit and mineral flavors that a little lack of flesh here and there is unimportant. 90pts

2007 $20 –
Rather assertive on the nose with dark cherry fruit topped with fine floral and herbal top notes. This smells decidedly ripe. Youthful and maybe a bit closed on the palate with a slightly dense feel, though this remains lively and elegant. There’s a really fine blend of fruit and flowers here with a long, complex layered finish. This is quite the complete wine, rich yet lithe; and it’s youthful, so expect this to really shine with a few hours of air or two to three years in the bottle. 91pts

2008 $20 –
Orange oil and green anise seed dominate the nose, which has very laid back slightly candied black raspberry fruit. Very tense in the mouth with fine balance and super integration. There’s a slightly tarry edge to the core of bitter black cherry fruit and a decent finish with nice cherry skin tannins, but this is not revealing all it has. The brightness and harmony here lead me to believe that this too will improve with two to three years in the cellar. 88pts

2009 $NA –
Sweetly raspberry-toned on the nose with a bit of a woodsy overlay. Good acids in the mouth give this a bright feel and help to highlight the wild strawberry fruit. It’s a rather lean wine, but refreshing with a simple clarity. 85pts

Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Cos

2010 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico $30
Gorgeously aromatic nose of flowers, herbs, briar wood, blueberries and raspberries. Bright and juicy in the mouth with a layered palate impression that starts off with a rush of bright black cherry fruit, which is followed by a rich wave of ripe yet astringent fruit (which is notably aromatic), ending on a richly fruited black cherry finish. This is fruit-driven yet vibrant and firm with something for every palate. 92pts.

2009 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico $30
Floral on the nose with lightly roasted red fruits topped with hints of rosemary, seaweed and a salty edginess. Sweet fruit on entry with a nice bed of soft tannins offering support. The acidity is perhaps a touch low, failing on the finish, though the lightly perfumed fruit does linger. 87pts

2008 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico $30
Very perfumed with clay soil tones, a touch of animal, some iron notes and fine, lightly astringent red fruits. Soft and broad in the mouth with slightly austere tannins and acids that are more mouthwatering than spiky. The finish is fabulous with perfumed fruit that has a peachy sweetness to it. Wonderfully exciting wine. 92pts

2007 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico
$30
Very rose petal-scented with hints of black cherry and juniper adding complexity. Almost silky in the mouth with very floral and herbal inner mouth perfumes. This is elegant and refined with great length to the fresh black cherry fruit that is supported by a bed of fine tannins. 91pts

2006 Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico $30
Very evolved on the nose with real autumnal character. Soft and loose in the mouth with fruit that is a touch roasted, though there are nice mineral, clay and burnished cherry flavors that end abruptly. 84pts

Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Other Wines Tasted

2008 Arianna Occhipinti Grote Alte $NA
In effect, a Cerasuolo Riserva Nero d’Avola and Frappato blend.
Floral on the nose with an up front pine needle note, which is covered by red currant and berry fruits. Velvety in the mouth with nice power and good density without much weight. The fruit is quite dark, recalling black cherry and black raspberries with a very refined, elegant feel. With air this gains a nice layer of soil tones that creep from entry to cover the entire palate and adds complexity to an already building spice tone on the cherry pit finish. The tannins here are fine but firm, though totally covered by the rich fruit. 92pts

2009 Feudo Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria $15
Floral on the nose with touches of white pepper and talcy soil adding some detail. Easy in the mouth with a soft, broad uncomplicated feel and easy, obvious, front-loaded black cherry and black raspberry flavors that finish briefly. 85pts

2008 Terre di Giurfo Maskara Cerasuolo $NA
65% Nero d’Avola, 35% Frappato
Tight and jammy on the nose with sweet raspberry fruit and spiky acidity. Nicely textured in the mouth with good acid cut and fine intensity of fruit. With air the acidity definitely takes over the palate here, tamping down the fruit and cutting the finish short. May just need time for the fruit to open. 85pts

2007 MaggioVini Cerasuolo $15
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Frappato
Sweet and fruity on the nose with black cherry fruit topped with some licorice and spice. Light feeling in the mouth with a roundness that is punctuated by angular tannins. This retains nice weight, though it feels a bit extracted on the finish. The mid-palate drops out a bit, though the black cherry and licorice tones return on the finish. 83pts