Once widely grown in Sicily, the Perricone grape (also known as pignatello) almost became extinct thanks to phylloxera. It lingered as a minor blending partner for Nero d’Avola, primarily to add tannins which Nero d’Avola lacks while Perricone has assertive tannin. Today, in part led by producers such Tasca d’Almerita, the grape has gotten more attention as a varietal. Bold, tasty, loads of intense dark fruit flavours. Assertive tannins, but nicely approachable, especially after decanting. The Tasca Perricone delivers flavours not to dissimilar from Tuscan Sangiovese and Piedmontese Nebbiolo.
2018 Tasca d’Almerita Perricone “Guarnaccio” – Sicily.
$24.95 per bottle. 91 Points Vinous Media.
The 2018 Perricone Guarnaccio is pretty, perfumed and fresh, bright cherry giving way to a dusting of sweet spice and crushed dried flowers. It’s silky in feel with a more savory display of red berries on the palate, enlivened by brisk acids as violet florals form toward the close. This tapers off long to purple-tinged fruits, licorice and just a hint of framing tannins. Very nice.
Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy with all manner of BBQ.