Dusty cherry and dark florals give way to rich brown spice, tobacco, and a hint of black olives in the alluring bouquet of the 2016 Nero d’Avola Erbatino. Its soft textures are contrasted by brisk acids, creating an almost feminine expression, as notes of tart cherry give way to saturating minerality and fine tannins. This is long, structured, and spicy, resonating on dried red berries. The 2016 needs some time in the cellar to come together, yet it should be gorgeous in a few years’ time. It’s also interesting to note that the wine was raised entirely in cement, as opposed to the 18 months that the 2015 spent in large neutral oak barrels

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