This week’s pick is from Sicily, the island off the southern coast of Italy. We picked up this little gem from Trader Joe’s. In fact, we have been buying it for the last five years or so. We just keep coming back. I tried as hard as I could to find out about the winery and found nothing. The only think that I found was that it was imported by D’Aquino. But, when I went on there site, I could find no info.
Nero d’Avola is the main red grape grown in Sicily. It’s generally dense and jammy with dark red fruits. If you like Syrah, you might be a fan of Nero d’Avola. However, this wine can run the gamut. The Archeo version is a very light version of Nero d’Avola. If it were a little lighter, it would be a borderline rose. However, the Archeo is highly drinkable and enjoyable. It’s an affordable every day wine! Salute!
Appearance: Clear, bright, medium ruby with a garnet rim.
Nose: Clean, developing, medium intensity of jammy red currants, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and sweet baking spices.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium soft tannins, medium body, medium plus alcohol, medium intensity of jammy red currants, raspberry, blackberry, bramble berry, vanilla and sweet baking spices. Medium finish.
Rating: Good wine at an especially great price ($4.99 at Trader Joes).