Our Wines / Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Sicily’s Tasca d’Almerita’s Rosso del Conte is (along with Mastroberardino’s Taurasi) southern Italy’s greatest and most famous red wine. Besides showcasing the merits of the island’s Nero d’Avola grape, Rosso del Conte proves that Italy’s south can produce world class, age-worthy reds. Rosso del Conte was the first single vineyard wine ever produced in Sicily.
The Rosso Del Conte has a  distinguished track record that goes back to the 70’s. For most of its life the wine has predominantly consisted of Nero d’Avola with the addition of Perricone and like most important wines is only produced in great vintages. The wine is capable of ageing for 30 + years and is a cultured addition to any wine cellar.

2016 Tasca D’Almerita Tenuta Regaleali Rosso Del Conte – 94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. $67.95 per bottle – six packs
“This is an iconic Sicilian red that celebrates its 40th anniversary with this handsomely styled bottle. The 2015 Sicilia Contea di Sclafani Rosso del Conte Tenuta Regaleali definitely delivers the goods, but it also delivers a few surprises along the way. There’s a lot going on in terms of aromas with softly ripened fruit that is plush and succulent. With a good amount of clarity I might add, you also get varietally true aromas of olive, anise and toasted Bronte pistachio. At the tail end, there is a meaty or savory tone of smoked pancetta or cured ham. The wine shows beautiful intensity and depth with textural richness and integrated tannins. The blend is 52% Nero d’Avola and 48% Perricone, aged in French oak for 18 months with an additional 12 months in bottle

Vinous Media 93 Points
Good dark red. Ripe, vibrant nose offers kirsch, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of black pepper. At once silky-sweet and tangy, with lovely inner-mouth perfume to the fine-grained red/black fruit flavors. Finishes broad, very smooth and long, with harmonious acidity and ripe tannins giving the wine solid structure for aging. A powerful but already approachable red that will have many fans; it just strikes me as just a little less distinctive and more internationally-styled than some other recent vintages, and with such an iconic Sicilian red, I always think that’s a shame

James Suckling 94 Points
Complex and decadent aromas of dark berries, walnuts, licorice, and tar follow through to a full body with rich and ripe fruit and a soft and lightly velvety finish. Drink or hold.

2016 Tasca D’Almerita Nero D’Avola Cabernet Sauvignon – Cygnus – 91 Points James Suckling. $29.95 per bottle – six packs
Lightly fruity with fresh blackcurrants, sage and thyme. Plenty of creme-de-cassis flavors are finely wrapped in succulent tannins on the medium-bodied palate, and that makes for attractive drinking now.

2019 Tasca D’Almerita Regaleali Bianco – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast BEST BUY – $18.95 per bottle – 12 packs
Pretty aromas of white spring flowers and white stone fruit steal the show on this tangy white. The savory palate doles out creamy white peach, ripe Bartlett pear and a hint of grapefruit before white almond and fennel seed signal the close. Crisp acidity keeps it fresh. Best Buy.

2018 Tasca D’Almerita Nero D’Avola – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast – $18.95 per bottle – 12 packs
Fresh and savory, this elegant, crowd-pleasing red has aromas of red and black-skinned berry and culinary spice. Juicy and delicious, the lithe palate doles out succulent Morello cherry, crushed raspberry and star anise while polished tannins offer smooth support. It’s made to be drunk young. It’s a Nero D’Avola whose flavour is generous and polished, Tasca d’Almerita’s Regaleali wine is a uniquely elegant Nero D’Avola meant for everyday drinking.