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What a lovely surprise, not knowing what this was (found out later it is a cab sauv/nero d'avola blend) I was delighted with a richly textured and full of varied spice flavours wine at a very reasonable price.
The 10% Cab in this blend uplifts the 90% Nero d'Avola, providing a delicious core of juicy cassis. There's also abundant blackberry, dark cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, finely-ground black pepper, earth, iron, and herbs, very much of a southern Italian idiom but thankfully without much wood. The tannins have obviously softened considerably, but there's still remarkable acidity for a wine of this age, and the cran-cherry tartness is actually quite sharp. A very good "Super Sicilian," even if the elements don't quite hold together and the elegant core is surrounded by a rough, murky exterior.