Firriato Chiaramonte 2010 Nero d’Avola

Posted by Keith Wallace

Firriato is located in the western mountains on the Italian island of Favignana. Culturally and viticultural part of Sicily, it is no surprise that the Sicilian grape Nero d’Avola is widely planted in this vineyard, as are the indigenous grapes Cataratto and Ansonica.

Like the island itself, the winery is small, with fewer than 5 hectares of grapes. Founded by Sicilian winemaker Salvatore Di Gaetano, Firriato is a gleaming monument to modernism. Salvatore balances his cuttingedge winemaking skills with indigenous grapes to great effect.

Aromas of crushed lavender and anise make way for sweet black fruit. Flavors of burnt cedar and mint wind down with bright red fruits and a touch of gritty tannins that never overpower the ripe fruit flavors. Medium to full-bodied.

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