2009 Cusumano Nero d'Avola

The wines of Sicily have always been a favorite of mine because of their enormous value. Whenever I come across expensive Californian wine or even some of these so-called value plays from Argentina, I always say go grab me a bottle from Sicily for around $10-15 and I'll show you value.

Cusumano's wines are sourced from premium vineyard sites all over Sicily, and are produced at the Partinico (west of Palermo) based family winery by third generation winemakers and brothers Diego and Alberto Cusumano.

On the nose of this wine I get aromas of black cherry, strawberry jam, leather, soil, and subtle hints of juniper berry. It's got a pretty distinct Italian wine smell and really expresses a sense of place.

On the palate this wine is driven by the same red fruit character that is expresses on the bouquet, cherry, red currant, hints of cranberry, and a touch of vanilla and spice. The finish is creamy and medium in length. Great QPR at only $10. 88+ points  

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