2013 Feudo Montoni Nero d'Avola Vigna Lagnusa

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sicilia
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$14.95

"Here's an entry-level wine that will leave you utterly satisfied. The 2013 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Vigna Lagnusa is aged in cement and botte to maintain aromatic freshness. Fruit is sourced from 30-year-old vines and Fabio Sireci uses a unique biotype of Nero d'Avola that was discovered here. The wine is soft and layered with dark fruit, dried cherry, pressed blackberry, pressed flowers, leather and crushed stone. Those delicate floral tones are of particular interest. The acidity is balanced and the tannins are soft. This is another home run from Feudo Montoni.

I am always impressed by the wines of Fabio Sireci, but this new set of releases blew me away. These are some of the finest wines ever made at the beautiful Feudo Montoni property. In particular, I wanted to flag the 2014 Perricone Vigna del Core. This native Sicilian grape is late to ripen and often proves difficult in obtaining higher alcohol levels (like the 13.5% alcohol recorded here). In other words, it's a very difficult variety to farm, but Fabio has succeeded in producing an exceptional wine." (WA)

"Deep red. Subdued aromas of red cherry, herbs and tar opened slowly with aeration. Then brighter and more precise in the mouth, with the vibrant red cherry and mineral flavors lingering nicely through a smooth, floral finish. A wine of sneaky concentration; I especially like its balance of acidity and tannins. More complex than Feudo Montoni’s Perricone but not necessarily better." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Lagnusa is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in the vineyard which has always been called “lagnusa” by the farmers of Montoni. In Sicilian, “lagnusa” means that which is lazy and produces small quantities. Today, we know that a vineyard that produces less, creates higher quality.