Feudo Montoni Vrucara Nero d’Avola 2016


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The folks at Feudo Montoni have been making wine since 1469 and we’re the lickier for it. One of their latest is the Feudo Montoni Vrucara Nero d’Avola. Try it with a Sicilian style Sfincione pizza – thick crusted, topped with chesses on one side and Italian sausage on the other. It’s a heavenly combo. Pasta with pesto alla trapanese is another delicious choice; it’s made with almonds, tomatoes, basil and garlic for a very tasty twist. Start the festivities with your favorite meaty antipasto, and any other meaty entrees that your hearts desire. Buon appetito winelovers!Antonio Galloni’s Vinous: “The 2016 Vrucara is a dark and towering Nero d’Avola with a beguiling nose of cooling mint and smoke that gives way to crushed cherries laced with licorice and hints of shaved cedar. Its velvety textures soothe, carried across a medium-bodied framework of acid and minerals, as juicy black fruits and hints of wild herbs drench the palate. A coating of fine tannins lingers, framing the experience nicely without slowing its momentum, as nuances of plum sauce and balsamic spices slowly fade. The Vrucara is enjoyable already, but can easily excel through medium-term cellaring, and will likely even improve over that time. Drink 2022-2028.” Jun 2021Wine & Spirits: “Dramatic diurnal shifts in the 2016 growing season preserved fresh acidity in the grapes and amped up this wine’s gorgeous scents of lavender and eucalyptus. It’s a complete wine, unfolding with juicy dark-berry and plum flavors couched in a velvety texture, finishing long and balanced on lingering spice notes.” Jun 2021Winery: “A bright ruby red color, Vrucara is intense and persistent on the nose with earthy aromas, notes of red plum and dark berries, which are in harmony with notes of rose petal, vanilla, balsamic, eucalyptus and licorice. Soft and velvety on the palate, with a delicate acidity and well-balanced and soft tannins. Vrucara has a prolonged aromatic persistence on the finish.”2016 Vintage: “The 2016 vintage was characterized by a favorable climatic equilibrium. Rainfall was slightly lower than the annual average; the year commenced with occasional light snowfall in January and February, and throughout the spring and summer, rainfall was light but consistent, allowing the underground of the vineyard to remain moist during the entire vegetative cycle. In addition, the temperature from June to August was steady and not marked by excessive peaks of heat. During July and August, due to the high altitude of the vineyard, the nighttime temperatures fell drastically, creating strong thermic excursions between night and day, typical to the land of Montoni. The overall production was solid with quantities that are in line with average annual yields. The grapes, which were harvested in mid-October, were healthy, mature and of high quality.”Bottle750ml, corkVarietalNero d’AvolaAlcohol14.0%Aging42 months in cement; 4 months in barrels; 6 months in bottleRegionSicily, Italy


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