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Fattorie Romeo del Castello Allegracore 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A superb Sicilian wine.

Producer/Winery: Rosanna Romeo and her daughter Chiara Vigo; Fattorie Romeo del Castello; Randazzo, Italy.

Grape Variety: A classic blend of two Sicilian grape varieties – Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucino.

Geographic Appellation: Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $25.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Mussels in roasted tomato sauce, homemade pasta with garlic & oil, salad of mixed greens dressed with artisan oil & vinegar garnished with slivered almonds.

Tasting:

    He said: Ruby red with the same color rim. Ripened cherry, dark fruit, a bit of damp earth and leather aromas. Smooth, dry and dusty mouth feel; cherry and raspberry flavors with plenty of edgy acidity, fine grained tannins and even a dusty lapilli taste in the finish. Robust, juicy and intense fruit from start to finish that are in harmony with the acidity and tannins. The label showed 14.5% alcohol, but it was impossible to identify in either the aroma or taste. A powerful, yet refined red that’s a superb Sicilian wine.

    She said: Opaque, ruby red color with a light ruby rim, thin, irregularly spaced legs that were slowly moving. With lots of earthiness touched with red fruit in the aroma, the wine offered a mouthful of similar flavors complemented by a full body, pleasant lively acidity and smooth mouth-feel. The smooth tannins developed slowly and ended with a long juicy finish. Excellent easy drinking wine that’s a very good buy. Good paired with the mussels in red sauce, but very food friendly and I would recommend it and buy it again.

70-100 years old Nerello Mascalese vines at the foot of Mount Etna
Photo from Louis/Dressner.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 14.5%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 6 10373 58235 7

Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.