|~ The entrance to the Tasca Family Villa ~|
The Tasca family are as serious about their Nero d’Avola as one can get. They adore it and that love has transcended to the labels of their wine. The family estate benefits from wonderful terroir. Their 100 acres, 80 of which are under vine, sit at 2,500 feet above sea level. The family has retained master Carlo Ferrini to consult with vineyard and winemaking matters and the results have been amazing.
Today’s article is about the 100% Nero d’Avola, 2011 Lamuri – which in Sicilian dialect means, of course, “Love”. Lamuri is expertly crafted. The wine is vinified in stainless steel and then aged for 12 months in French oak barrique, 20% of which are new and 80% of which have seen their second or third passage. The result is one of enhancement not dominance.
|~ Giuseppe Tasca in the Family Vineyards ~
(image courtesy of the Tasca family)
Lamuri hails from the family’s Regaleali estate. The wine is a bright cherry red with slightly darker cherry reflections. The nose is effusive and spirited – in an almost whimsical, playful way. There is ample bright red berry fruit that is framed beautifully by wild flowers, spices and a unique Mediterranean brush accent. Really lovely. The flavors echo the nose with wonderful balance and precision. This is deftly created and frankly, way more delicious than I anticipated. It’s pure and focused with medium body and an attractive finish of underbrush and wild berry. A best buy! 89 points, about $15 retail.
|~ This is one for the TuscanVines Shopping List ~|
February 14, 2014