Passo Delle Mule 2007
A single varietal wine produced from Nero d'Avola grapes, first produced on the sinuous and well-ventilated hills of the Suor Marchesa estate, in the hinterland of the southern part of Sicily, where grapes reach full maturity under the late September sun. An embracing, complex and well-structured wine, it is matured in barriques at first and then aged at length in bottles.
Cheeky little Nero d'Avola from the Suor Marchesa estate run by Duca di Salaparuta in Sicily. Most of the grapes are grown around the town of Baruta in the South Central area. A lovely ruby red colour which matches the red fruit on the nose - raspberry and redcurrant - and notes of vanilla and sultana suggest promising future development. Modest tannins and body with a refreshing bitterness, but could do with a touch more acidity to balance it out. Lots of flavour on the palate with more red fruit and a lovely wallowing finish. Very promising wine, but not sure that it's got the acidity and tannins needed to develop much further (although the nose seems to contradict this). I'd be interested to taste this vintage again in 2-3 years. Otherwise a cracking example of the ongoing improvements in Sicilian wines.
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