If you are here because you excepted part 3 of my VinItaly report (go here for part 1 and part 2)then I have to disappoint you because today I want to take you on a journey of One Thousand and One Nights. The final installment of my VinItaly report will come within the next few days)
Mille e Una Notte
Don’t we all know the famous book One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes referred to as Arabian Nights, which were written during the Islamic Golden Age? Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin are known throughout the world but do you know the story of Mille e Una Notte? Trust me, it is one of the very best.
Let me be clarify: Mille e Una Notte is one of Donnafugata‘s flagship wines and if you wonder what the wine has to do with One Thousand and One Nights then keep reading.
Over the years, Donnafugata got themselves a name as one of the best wineries Sicily has to offer. The range of quality wines is impressive and stretches from sweet passito like Ben Rye to traditional Nero d’Avola wines.
Through multiple trade shows like SlowWine and VinItaly, I got to know their wines over the years – a few of them even became favorites. One aspect that I like about their wines are the gorgeous labels. Each label is designed to reflect the characteristics of the wine, which brings us back to One Thousand and One Nights. Why? The Italian title of the book is Mille e Una Notte and Donnafugata named the wine after it.
Let’s get a little bit technical. Mille e Una Notte is produced almost exclusively with Nero d’Avola (90%) but other local grapes are added. Aged 14 months in French oak barrels. The wine is classified as Contessa Entellina DOC. The first vintage of Mille e Una Notte was 1995.
Tasting notes Mille e Una Notte
Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly two hours.
In the glass, the wine had had a deep, intense ruby red color. A rich bouquet composed of chocolate, eucalyptus, blackcurrant and blackberry jam. The label listed ABV was 14%. In the mouth, Mille e Una Notte is smooth, dry and warm. Mellow, silky tannins. I tasted pistachio and almonds. Full-bodied and of good balance. Harmonious and well-structured. The aftertaste is persistently long.
Mille e Una Notte definitely had a great story to tell. I have tried younger vintages which did not impress me that much yet because they felt not ready. My tip: give younger vintages a few more years of time. One more thing is for sure: If Mille e Una Notte was an ancient tale, then there is no doubt that it would be featured in the book of One Thousand and One Nights!
In the last two decades, Sicily managed to produce some stunning wines because more and more wineries focus on quality and not just quantity. Many years ago, Sicily was with Apulia Italy’s leading grape exporting region – often sweet, late-harvest grapes and sometimes of low quality which were used to blend poor wines in northern France and northern Italy. Some of the grapes were also used to manufacture raisins. Back then, Sicilian wines rarely saw oak and were drank young – often bottled in cheap bag & box containers.
Fortunately, that changed! Mille e Una Notte is one of many examples for that change. Have you tried the Mille e Una Notte and how do you like it? Which Sicilian wine is your favorite?
New blogs in Vino in Love’s rotating blog roll
I have updated the rotating blogroll. It now also includes the following blogs: JuliaBaileyWine, Yummy Chunklet, Eat With Namie, The Armchair Sommelier and From The Bartolini Kitchens. If you do not follow them yet then give them a visit. You will probably like them as much as I do.
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