2014 Feudo Montoni Nero d'Avola Vrucara

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sicilia
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Fabio Sireci farms one of the most beautiful vineyard spots in Italy that overlooks an infinite expanse of vines and shifting waves of grain over softly rolling hills in inland Sicily. On a cloudy day, you can watch the magnificent peek-a-boo of brilliant sunbeams shine over the landscape as if you were in front of a life-sized movie screen. Those beautiful images always come to mind when I drink this wine. Tasted from magnum, the 2014 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Vrucara is maturing beautifully and slowly. The wine is dark and ripe at its core, but it shows a delicate framing of cola, dried rosemary, scorched earth, smoke, wild mushroom and fragrant rose hip. The bouquet is fluid and ever moving-much like that Sicilian landscape I described above-offering new layers of aromas with every swirl of the glass. In the mouth, the wine is fresh and very alive." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Vrucara is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in a vineyard of which the land has always been called “Vrucara.” It takes this name due to the presence of vruca, a Sicilian word for a bush that grows spontaneously around the vineyard. This herb has aromas of menthol mixed with those of incense oil. Transferred into the old, unique vines, we notice this aroma in the wine.

A ruby red color, Vrucara is intense and persistent on the nose with aromas of forest floor, notes of cherry in spirit and dried rose petal, which are in harmony with notes of vanilla, balsamic, eucalyptus, licorice and incense oil. Soft and velvety on the palate, with buttery notes, it is well structured with a prolonged aromatic persistence on the finish. Vrucara has soft tannins and is well-balanced.