In my last post I mentioned a Nero d’Avola varietal wine from Sicilian winery Gulfi, which was the clear standout out of all the wines I tasted last month.
Nerobaronj is single vineyard wine produced in Val di Noto, the region between Pachino and Nato. The vineyard, which is called Vigna Baroni, is the southeastern-most corner of Sicily and lies further south than Tunis, Tunisia.The wine is produced with 100% Nero d’Avola grapes that were grown with the traditional Sicilian, labor-intense alberello-method. After fermentation the wine aged 18 months in small barrique barrels of 225 liters. Nerobaronj is classified as Sicilia IGT.
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours.
The nose is intense, nutty and very spice. There were aromas of roasted coffee, ginger, macadamia nuts and almonds. It felt like the oak aromas dominated a little the subtle mature red fruit aroma. 14.5% was the label listed alcohol by volume.
On the palate, Nerobaronj was extremely smooth, elegant and dry. Even though this is a 2005 vintage the wine still felt fresh. Nerobaronj had a good sapidity and a high minerality. Notes of black cherry, nuts and cocoa. Great harmony between palate and nose. The wine had a big body and was perfectly balanced. Lingering finish.
Nerobaronj is an outstanding Nero d’Avola and Gulfi proved that the variety is capable of aging very well. It will be interesting to see how the 2005 vintage will taste like in 10 years. I heard that 2005 was the very best vintage of the Nerobaronj. I am glad that I discovered this wine at a wine tasting and that I have one bottle of 2005 Nerobaronj left in my cellar.
In Italy we call a wine like the Nerobaronj vino da meditatione (wine for mediation). I’m not sure if there is an equivalent English expression for this term.
A bottle of Nerobaronj retails in Munich for around 30€.
What is the best Nero d’Avola that you have tasted? Let me know in the comment section below.