Wine Review: 2009 Gulfi – NeroJbleo – IGT Sicilia

Today’s review is dedicated to a Sicilian Nero d’Avola from Gulfi. Founded in 1996, this relatively new winery has dedicated itself to the Nero d’Avola grape. Gulfi produces 6 major labels of Nero d’Avola but before I give you my tasting notes for the Gulfi NeroJbleo I want to introduce the winery to those not familiar with it.

This family-owned winery owns a little bit more than 75 hectares of vines in Vitoria and in Pachino, the area of origin of Nero d’ Avola. Many of Gulfi’s vines are cultivated after the alberello-method. Alberello cultivation (small tree vines) is the only way to obtain complex, high quality wines in rough areas with an extreme climate like the Etna. For over 200 years, wineries have used Alberello cultivation on Sicily. Managing an Alberello vineyard is pretty expensive because the cultivation is always manual.

Besides Nero d’Avola, which is considered as the most typical and representative red grape of Sicily, Gulfi also grows Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Carricante as well as a few less-known, autochthonous varieties.  The wines from Gulfi are unique in taste making it hard to compare them to the for example with the likes of Planeta and Cusumano. All Gulfi wines are produced with certified organic grapes.

Tasting Notes 2009 NeroJbleo

2009 Gulfi - NeroJbleo - Sicilia IGTNeroJbleo is produced with 100% Nero d’Avola grapes from Gulfi’s alberello vineyards near Ragusa. The wine aged at least 12 months in parts in French barriques and in parts in tonneaux. NeroJbleo is classified as Sicilia IGT.

In the glass, NeroJbleo had an intense ruby red color.

The nose, was quite closed with aromas of marasca cherries and coriander. I expected a more intense nose. 14% was the label listed alcohol by volume.

On the palate, the wine was dry, quite powerful and well-balanced. Silky, mellow tannins. Intense notes of dark chocolate and salt. Little fruit. NeroJbleo was full-bodied and had a lingering, earthy finish.
3 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

NeroJbleo is a solid Nero d’Avola but I was a little bit disappointed by the nose but on the palate the wine revealed its true beauty.  Baked pasta with semi-sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan pairs well with this wine.

NeroJbleo corkIn Munich NeroJbleo retails for a 18.90€. That’s too much in my opinion. For this price there are alternatives with a better quality-price ratio available. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the NeroJbleo and will try it again if I find a better a wine shop that sells it at a better price.

Have you tried the Gulfi NeroJbleo before? Care to share your opinion about the wine?

12 comments on “Wine Review: 2009 Gulfi – NeroJbleo – IGT Sicilia”

  1. drinkforlife Reply

    I love Nero d’Avola!! Nice, solid review 🙂
    I’m not a fan of Gulfi. There are better many wineries on Sicily. Tried their complete line at a trade show a few years ago and was quite disappointed with their wines.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Patty,
      Thank you! I’m glad to hear that 🙂 The wine is good but overpriced.. Maybe the Munich wine shop carrying it will lower its price but I highly doubt it..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Jeff,
      All your comments are very much appreciated 🙂 I might write a post why I only drink little French wine in the (near) future. Depends when I have time for writing it..

  2. Sean P. Reply

    The label is so pretty! Looks almost like a painting. Sounds like a wine I’d enjoy so I better find this wine in the UK..
    Thanks!

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