Another interesting wine from Italy and Sicily.  This is a blend of Nerello Mascalese, and Nerello Cappuccio.  Grown on slopes on Mt. Etna (now that is an interesting business model).  Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, black licorice and smoke.  With air, some tar and spice emerge.  Very interesting.  On the palate, there is black cherry and some mint.  Firm tannins but manageable.  Good acidity but not overwhelming, it still begs for food.  Nice finish.  This is six years old and since I don't think I ever had it before, its hard to draw conclusions.  It does seem to be integrating nicely but probably needs a decant or a couple more years.  It was $35 on the menu but seems to retail for around $25 which is a great value.  14.5% Alc.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91
Vintage: 
2012

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