Saturday, April 13, 2013

Cusumano Noà 2008, IGT Sicilia, Italy

This wine is from a family owned estate and a blend of 40% Nero d’Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot with maturation in barriques for 12 months and alcohol comes in at 14.5%.

Shockingly dark color (charred barrels?), this wine opened up with aromas of black plums, blackberry jam, dried figs, damp earth, liquorice and spices. On the mouthfeel, full-bodied, bold flavours, creamy texture, balanced acidity and sweet grainy tannins. Very good weight and length on the finish with flavours of smoky black fruit, liquorice, spices with and underlying earthiness and those same grainy tannins lingering. Quite an interesting, robust and flavourful wine here, a candidate for short term ageing, 1-2 years. Pair with BBQ red meat, pasta, tomatoes and sausage, strong cheese or pizza after a 1 hour decant. This is a very enjoyable, great value and a made to please blend, strongly recommended, score 90 points.

Purchased April 13, 2013 LCBO Vintages New Release (109512) at $18.95

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