The French like to uphold the standard that “a wine should taste like the place it’s from” as one of the ultimate descriptors of quality. But with the French varieties of Cabernet, try Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc now so ubiquitous perhaps it is time that that they take a look south, to the Mezzogiorno of Southern Italy, to truly understand their own ideals.
There are 2,000 indigenous grape varieties in Italy, each one making its own unique and tasty wine. And each of these grapes has been matched to a specific place and soil, imbued with the local history. Terrior indeed, beyond what even the French could imagine.
But for many, Italian wines remain a mystery – the complexity of the peninsula not being worth the effort. And that is a shame, because here are wines of unique deliciousness, and not without their own tasty quirks.
Nero d’Avola is one such grape, arguably producing a noble wine perfectly matched with its Sicilian roots yet languishing in obscurity. And Lamura’s Rosso di Sicilia, made exclusively with Nero d’Avola, is a vital wine, one that tastes like the place it is from.
Lamura is cheap co-operative wine. But cheapness shouldn’t be confused with low-quality. Sicily just hasn’t quite come into age of mass industrial wine production. Small groups of farmers making communal wines are how things are done.
Lamura’s Rosso reflects Sicily’s warm Mediterranean climate and volcanic soils. Deeply colored with pronounced notes of chocolate and wild plum it will transplant you to Sicily and warm your body up a couple of degrees. No, it isn’t heady and alcoholic, but it is big. Like a stubborn, yet charming Sicilian immigrant that won’t let go of the home-country, Lamura’s got gutsy Italian fruit character. It’s completely organic fruit, the tastes centered around dark coco, sun dried raisins, and a charming high note of orange zest. This wine isn’t afraid to show it’s Sicilian roots.
Lamura’s Rosso di Sicilia is great Italian table wine – uncomplicated and heartfelt, from a place and a culture, and all the more delicious for it.
2008 Lamura Rosso di Sicilia (Nero d’Avola)
Suggested List Price: $10.99
Sale Price: $6.99
A Sicilian feast in three easy courses to chase away the mid-Wisconsin winter blues!
Turnips and Carrots with Apricots:
Sicilian Hen with Orange, Raisins & Oil Cured Olives
“Salad” of Squash and Farro, with Dandelion Greens
We will be tasting this wine on Friday and Saturday!
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When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged. The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge. Offer is good while supplies last.