Happy Spring, Everyone!
As I’m sure that you are all aware, the spring equinox occurred this year on March 20th. For me, it could not come soon enough! The pandemic has had the world in hibernation, and it seems particularly symbolic that spring is the season in which new vaccines are beginning to make it possible for a rebirth of life as we once knew it.
In this spirit of newness, I have decided to write about a new arrival at O’Bryan’s Wine and Spirits: Cavaliere d’Oro Terre Siciliano, 2018. This smooth, medium-bodied red wine is a blend of 50% Nero d’Avola, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The interesting thing is that 20% of the Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were air dried prior to vinification in order to intensify the flavor. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak for eight to twelve months and bottle-aged for an additional three months prior to release.
This opaque wine is deep ruby in color. On the nose, I detected fig, dark cherry, black currant, blackberry and a hint of leather. These flavors were all evident on the palate, as well. It is dry, with a light tannic structure, balanced acidity, some complexity, a medium to long finish and no off-flavors.
Best of all, while Terre Siciliano is supposed to retail for around $16.00, we have it on sale at O’Bryan’s for $7.99! I liked it so much that I bought a case. If you enjoy good red wine, and you like a bargain, get in here quickly and get some for yourself. As with the spring season, it won’t be here for long!