Most nero d’Avola we taste from Sicily is warm and fruity, nothing like this cool, comforting red for a rainy day at home. It’s one of four neros Brendan and Laura Carter make, this one from a vineyard in Birdwood, where the vines were grafted to nero in 2016. Their latest release has a happy richness, fragrant purple fruit, tight blueberry-skin length, a youthful and pretty fruit character that lasts with the feel of a cool winter sun. Australian wine collector and panelist David Hawkins found it “refreshing—the tannins are present but not loud, a quiet wine with cherry-pit rosiness in the flavor of the tannins and a faint cherry cordial flavor. The more I taste it, the more I like it.”
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