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    Benanti Nerello Mascalese 2006
    Other Red Blends - Sicily, Italy


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    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Sicily, Italy

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Other Info: Boutique Wines

    Style: Earthy & Spicy

    Item no. 111871

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Red ruby with light tints of garnet. Ethereal aromas of fruit, spices, with a nuance of tobacco and vanilla. On the palate, it is dry, full, tannic, balanced and persistent with flavor of licorice. Reasonably persistent and tannic.

    Optimal with red meat, wild fowl and mature cheese.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2006 Nerello Mascalese Il Monovitigno is outrageous. Mint, flowers and sweet perfumed cherries are just some of the nuances that emerge from this textured, silky red. Deceptively medium in body, the wine blossoms on the palate with exquisite detail, clarity and freshness, all of which lead to a round and utterly harmonious finish. Readers who want to discover the virtues of Nerello Mascalese may want to start here. This is a gem of a wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Medium-light red: readers take note that this is an appropriate color for a wine that's made with 100% nerello mascalese. Pure, bracing aromas of sour red cherry, dried herbs, anchovy and bacon are lifted by a lovely mineral element. Layered flavors of finely textured red fruits are dense, lush and broad, with firm acidity giving the wine a light touch. Finishes complex and very long, with delicate herbal and pure red berry qualities and a trace of excess alcohol that blows off. This very impressive wine is one of the best nerello mascalese bottlings from Benanti I can recall at a similar stage of development.
    Rating: 92(+?)

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Il Monovitigno is a pure expression of Nerello Mascalese—Mt. Etna’s most promising variety—with aromas of black olive, Indian spice, mesquite, black fruit and volcanic ash. It’s tonic and fresh in the mouth and encourages a pairing with spicy meat recipes.

    90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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