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A bargain red from Sicily

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Back in November, the Mo’ Wine Group tasted a Frappato made by Marsala-based Caruso & Minini, a decent buy at $16.65. Another of the producer’s wine showed up at Saturday’s private import pickup party and wowed everyone with its quality-price ratio. Unfortunately for Quebecers, buying it requires making a trip to Ontario.

Sicilia IGT 2010, Frappato/Nerello Mascalese, Terre di Giumara, Caruso & Minini ($13.95, LCBO 277558)
A blend of Frappato and Nerello Mascalese. Manually harvested and destemmed, then macerated and fermented at 25ºC (77ºF) in stainless steel tanks for 15-20 days. Thirty percent is aged six months in 500-litre tonneaux while the remainder spends eight months in stainless steel. 13% ABV.
Cherry, plum and some earth and spice. Medium-bodied and very dry, with ripe fruit as savoury as it is sweet, bright acidity and tannins just raspy enough to make themselves noticed. Possessed of all desired dimensions, including a nicely sustained finish. Really easy to drink. Would make an excellent pizza wine but has the wherewithal to accompany braised or grilled meats and even barbecue. If I were in the market for a crowd-pleasing party red to buy by the case, this would be on the short list.

Thanks to K for sharing this with the group.

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Written by carswell

February 4, 2013 at 11:26

Posted in Tasting notes

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