Gulfi Nero D'Avola 'Neromaccarj' 2008 (4.5/5)
Gulfi produces a series of Nero d'Avola wines aiming to express the specific Terroir of 4 distinctive sites (or Crus) in the area of Pachino, south-eastern part of Sicily. Organic and dry-farming technique are applied in the vineyard, where the vines are densely planted and pruned with the historical head-trained bush ('alberello') system, very well suited to such hot climate.
Consultant at this estate is the vigneron-winemaker Salvo Foti, profound and down to earth expert in the Sicilian enological scene.
The estate is also recently investigating the potential of Mount Etna Crus by means of local (Nerello Mascalese) and international (Pinot Noir) cultivars.
On the palate the wine is muscular and broad-shouldered, but balanced by good acidity and good fruit extract. Tannins mellowed out with time, and the mid-palate exhibits very good concentration leading to a persistent finish. Exuberant, yet terroir-driven.
Outstanding quality, Drink Now or in the next 5 years, Premium Price, Nero d'Avola, Pachino, Sicily. Italy.