Carl Eppig wrote:2009 Corvo,Sicilia, Nero d' Avola. Alcohol level: 12.5%. This a very nice low price medium bodied wine. We enjoyed it tonight with mac'n cheese, and peas. Very nice.
I wish I had been as lucky with my Nero d'Avola; but perhaps it wasn't really luck, Carl, because Corvo is a reliable label, if not often exciting.
In previous WFs and OMs I have often indulged in a lucky dip at the local supermarket to see what the appellations under review can provide on a casual basis without seeking out geek approved producers. In some areas like Languedoc and the Rhône it works quite well even at low prices here in Belgium, but it didn't with this Nero d'Avola .
Nero d'Avola IGT Sicilia Spadina Una Rosa Signature 2010 - bottled by B.C.A 1875 S.r.L., Marsala - Alc.13.5% - (c.€8,50). This is the sort of wine I really dislike and called to mind some spoofy Shiraz without the American oak. The nose was strongly scented like some dark fruit soft drinks with a lot of sweet blackberry notes and several dashes of coarse spice. The palate was heavy, quite fruity in a "bramble" style, scented and quite sweet but coarse with a harsh edge on the finish. This style could be popular (but not in Belgium I would guess) but we couldn't manage more than a glass each; the rest will go into a stew hoping that it won't spoil it; 11/20.