Vino Lauria Tasting
Vito Lauria started his company "Vino Lauria" in 2010 with the aim of selecting grapes from several Sicilian terroirs and transforming them in authentic wines featuring a strong sense of place.
In this thematic evening we tasted a range of 4 red wines produced by Lauria. All of them have a common Mediterranean character, with few variations in style related to the different grapes and vineyards of origin. In the following few brief notes to describe them:
ALACRE 2011: This can be considered a "Natural Wine". Blend of 90% Nero d'Avola, 10% Syrah aged for 12 months in neutral large Slavonian barrels. Grapes are from clay-rich south facing Liveri vineyard. Deep ruby with garnet rim and good tears. Lots of Mediterranean herbs on the nose, particularly rosemary, wild dark berries, black olives roasted in ashes, mineral hints. A good dose of coarse tannins and fresh acidity make it great with "rustic" Italian food. Alcohol is a bit too perceivable on the nose. Drink Now. Good value for money. 3.9/5
QUARANTASARME 2012: Nero d'Avola, Perricone, Cabernet Sauvignon from 40Sarme vineyard in Camporeale ("Sarma" is the Sicilian unit of measure for land surface; 1 Sarma is equivalent to 2,7985 hectares). It opens with reductive tones that fortunately disappear with aeration leaving room to notes of Mediterranean herbs, anise, plums and blackberries, soft lactic hints, sweet spices. It has a very fine tannic structure (the best among the 4 wines) good acidity and well hidden alcohol. Fresh and Vibrant. Drink Now or hold for few years. Good value for money. 4/5
FRAPPATO 2013: 100% Frappato. Fermented and matured in stainless steel. It's paler ruby red. Similar aromatic profile dominated by notes garrigue, like the other wines, delicate red cherries and some spices (white pepper). This the most balanced and clean of the series. Fresh and pure of Frappato grapes with lower alcohol and good acidity, it results the most versatile in terms of food matching. Drink Now or in the next few years. Good value for money. 4/5
ZIO PAOLO 2013: 100% Nero d’Avola. Fermented and matured in stainless steel. It's dark ruby purple with good legs. The strongest among the 4 tasted wines. It comes at 14.5% alcohol, much higher than previous vintages. This penalises the wine in terms of overall balance. The herbal component here is also much stronger, nearly stalky, with some sort of damp underbrush character dominating over the plum/black fruit notes. Some lactic hints are present as well. In the mouth the wine is enriched by chalky mineral sensation. This requires some robust earthy food matching. Drink Now or in the next few years. Good value for money. 3.5/5