A ruby-hued wine with plums and sagebrush on the nose, firm sweet tannins, fruit through the mid-palate, transparency, and a long drying finish.
Planeta, Santa Cecilia, DOC Noto 2010, $24
Concentrated wild cherry flavors and aromas of white flower and bramble are balanced by vibrant acidity and soft tannins in this elegant nero d'avola.
Occhipinti, SP68, Terre Siciliane 2014, $24
A blend of frappato and nero d'avola notable for the purity and freshness of its red berry flavors and the scent of wild herbs.
Azienda Agricola COS, Ceralsuolo Di Vittoria 2009, $32
This medium-body red wine speaks of earth and flowers. It brims with vitality, juicy red fruit, and aromas of bergamot.
Poggio Di Bortolone, Frappato, Vittoria 2014, $20
An intensely aromatic light red wine, this frappato possesses lifted berry flavors and abundant charm.
Gulfi, Nerosanlore, Nero d'Avola 2009, $40
A floral nero d'avola that tastes of its proximity to the sea. The vineyard's old vines produce rich dark fruit, but the stress of sandy soil and scarce rains ensures that the wine retains its vivacity.
Frank Cornelissen, Magma Rosso, Mt. Etna 2013, $217
If you love Etna wines, this is one to try at least once in your life. It's a wine like an epic Russian novel, textured and nuanced, it tosses you into a world of exoticism but never loses its point-of-view.
Terra Delle Sirene, Nero D'Avola, Noto 2012, $17
As delicate and transparent a nero d'avola as you ever will experience, yet there is nothing insubstantial about this wine. It is an essay in the power of a minimalist approach, a perfectly formed haiku.
Benanti Etna Rosso, 2014, $19
An energetic medium body entry-level wine marked by the scent of garigue, cherry and raspberry flavors, and a pleasing citrus and burnt caramel finish.
Planteta, Moscato Di Noto, 2014, $21
An appealing dry aperitivo wine with aromas of jasmine and white peach.