Nero d’Avola At Its Best: 2005 Gulfi – Nerobaronj

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.

2005 Gulfi - Nerobaronj - Sicilia IGTIn the glass, Nerobaronj had a fascinating ruby red color with garnet hues.

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.

4.5 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

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.

8 comments on “Nero d’Avola At Its Best: 2005 Gulfi – Nerobaronj”

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  2. Sean P. Reply

    Thanks for the review, Julian. Glad to hear that you likes this Nero d’Avola more than the other one you wrote earlier about. How much was the one?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you! The Nerobaronj is much better than the Nerojbleo. A bottle costs around 30€. Forgot to give that information in the post will add it now.

  3. Suzanne Reply

    I just bought 2010 COS ‘Nero di Lupo’ Nero d’Avola, have not uncorked yet. I will let you know how it is. Your review is excellent. Nerobaronj sounds like a wine I have to try.

  4. drinkforlife Reply

    Cusumano makes a good everyday Nero d’Avola. It costs about $12. No oak just stainless steel but hey it’s affordable 🙂 Do you know that wine? I’m sure it can’t compete with the Nerobaronj but I still like it.

  5. foodwine88 Reply

    Nero d’Asola is a variety that can’t appreciate much. Don’t know why but the wines always seem to disappoint me. Maybe I have to try the Nerobaronj but it definitely comes with a high price.. Even though I probably won’t buy this wine that’s a good, solid review 🙂

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