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Hump Day: An Italian Red

Last Friday, The Hub and I celebrated Christmas Part II while enjoying a delicious Italian Red, Cantine Colosi Nero d'Avola 2009.  The Hub picked out this bottle from CostCo, which has some surprisingly good deals on nice wines.  I like to narrow down my options by concentrating on the ones that have the highest Wine Spectator ratings, and then seeing which are almost sold out.  If it has a high rating, the description sounds intriguing, and it's almost sold out, I figure it's gotta be good buy.

The Hub and I are working on expanding our wine palates beyond our usual selection and have decided to start building a repertoire of Italian wines.  We picked a Nero d'Avola because this varietal is heralded as "the most important red wine grape from Sicily."  It features dark, ruby fruits such as cherries, and has a warm, dry finish.  Not surprisingly Nero d'Avola is usually compared to New World Shirazes.  Piero Colosi's farm where this wine is grown and produced, is known as one of the best on the island of Sicily due to its exposure to the sun and its coveted, mineral rich soil.  The Hub and I thoroughly enjoyed this red which had a lot of structure and balance.  Another plus?  It was fantastic right out of the bottle! Does anyone have another favorite Italian wine we should try?

One Response to “Hump Day: An Italian Red”

  1. Susan Davis says:

    My current favorite red is an Italian Chianti. I normally don’t like Chianti, but this is fab. Even my kids like it! It is made by Ecco Domani. It is self described as “enticing aromas of cherries entwined with pepper and spice, complementing soft tannins and a long, fine finish”. All I know is that I like it!!

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