Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sicily comes through...

Today, I am tasting a wine from Italian producer Donnafugata. The wine is the 2005 Sedara, and is made from 100% Nero d'Avola grapes. I don't believe that I have ever had a Nero d'Avola, so I am looking forward to a new experience.

On the pour, it is a deep brick red. Not overly dense, as I can see my fingers through a medium-sized pour.

On the nose, I pick up a lot of smoke and at touch of mustiness, which I like. There are also some red fruits coming through (cherry or strawberry) but the smokiness is predominant. The smokiness is actually a fine cigar as opposed to a barbecue smoke.

Cherries and tannins on the front end. Has a definite cigar smoke finish. If you are a cigar smoker, think of a robusto with a maduro wrapper.

Rating: Love it...

Ok, so I know I have "Loved It" on like 5 of the last 6 wines I have reviewed. I can attribute that to two things: First, I usually choose to write about wines that I like. Often, I choose the most interesting wine from a tasting, or one of my old favorites. Second, I find myself in a place where I find good things about nearly every wine I taste. Not to sound too 'wine-snobbish' the worst wine I can taste right now is a boring one. That being said, for the purpose of the blog, I want to taste wines that you are curiuos about or you like. Let me know if you have a special request and I'll see what I can do. I always appreciate your input.

"I remember three constant frequenters of the docks...who used to express themselves in their peculiar oracular way, so authoritatively, that I resolved to put their judgment to the test.....I used to tell the cooper to draw two glasses from the same pipe, and to hand them as if they were from different numbers. I may say that the trick upon them was invariably successful, for they were sure after tasting, and retasting, and much profound thought, to pronounce the verdict that, although similar, one possessed rather more of this, or that, than the other. I kept my own counsel, but was convinced...that in wine-tasting and wine-talk there is an enormous amount of humbug."


T.G. Shaw, Wine, the Vine and the Cellar, 1864


'nuff said....
Dave