2016 Feudo Maccari Nero d'Avola Saia

Year: 2016
Appellation: Sicily
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 92+
James Suckling: 95
Wine & Spirits: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%


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"A balanced, medium-bodied version, with light, chewy tannins and a subtle, smoke-tinged undertow, layered with crushed black currant, green olive, fennel seed and rose hip notes. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made, 1,600 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"A pure expression of Nero d'Avola, the 2016 Sicilia Saia is a rich and contemporary expression of this versatile Sicilian grape. The bouquet is layered and rich with plump cherry nuances followed by tobacco, spice and charred earth. This is a lavish and soft wine that maintains a mid- to full-bodied approach with soft tannins and sweet fruit endnotes. The wine is aged in mostly neutral barrique and tonneaux for up to 14 months. Some 70,000 bottles were made." (WA)

"A more subtle Saia than in the past with freshly picked mulberries, elderberries, tobacco, cedar and resin. Full-bodied and very tight on the palate with polished tannins and a long finish. The combination of dark fruit and minerals is irresistible. Drink in 2020." (JS)

"This nero d’Avola comes from vines rooted in sand and chalk soils near Sicily’s torrid southeastern tip. The 2016 growing season was slightly cooler than average, allowing the grapes to retain lively acidity along with high-toned scents of mint and sage. Notes of anise, braised fennel and black olive enrich the wine’s ripe plum tones, the flavors knit together during one year in barriques. It’s bold and spicy; for braised lamb shanks." (W&S)