I think this is my first organic wine in the $10 range. Frankly I was surprised to find one given the extra costs involved in going green. But since I am a fan of Italian wine, how could I say no when I saw the bottle? Nero díAvola is one of the most heavily grown Italian red grapes. Youíll find it especially in Sicily; imported originally by the Greeks a long, long time ago. This grape matures late, often towards the end of October if not early November, not exactly frost warning time in Sicily. Giorgio and Gianniís web site has nothing to say about their company; it lists and describes their wines. But the label is quite attractive. The companion wine is another Sicilian Nero DíAvola costing about half again as much.
There were no marketing materials and the back label was essentially silent, except for listing the organic certification. So we go straight to my review.
At the first sips the wine offered dark acidity and fleeting harshness. It was slightly sweet. Japanese Wasabi crackers really thinned this liquid. My first meal centered on slow-cooked round steak. The wine bounced back tasting of dark cherries. When paired with the accompanying potatoes the NDA continued to step up and yet remained rather thin. Green beans in tomato sauce rendered it forceful and somewhat metallic. But when I enjoyed the delicious side of roasted eggplant brimming with garlic, our Sicilian friend lost his way. The meal finished with praline-filled bittersweet Swiss chocolate and my glass responded with a tinge of dark cherries.
My next meal consisted of baked chicken with root vegetables. The libation responded to the meat with leather and plums. It was dark but harsh at the finish. The veggies each had their own impact. The potatoes increased the wineís tannins; the sweet potatoes brought out its chocolate, and the onions softened the drinkís acidity. Fruit juice candy for dessert made the liquid lose its acidity.
The closing mealís was a boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano that I doused with grated Parmesan cheese. Now the wine was short and sweet, offering pleasant acidity and almost no tannins. Fresh strawberries for dessert brought out some chocolate but the wine was mostly muted.
Final verdict. I wonít be buying this wine again. But if you want a budget organic wine this one might be an option. As soon as I find another at this price Iíll be glad to compare.Access the companion wine A Sicilian Nero D'Avola.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com and http://www.wineinyourdiet.com
Visit his website devoted to italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com
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