95pt Sicilian wines
I believe the so-called “Sicilian wine renaissance,” sparked in the late 1990s, started with Donnafugata’s night harvest. The Rallo family, including brother and sister Antonio and Jose, brought the wines of Sicily to the attention of an international audience. Their “night harvest” was a public relations stunt, and a stroke of genius, that served to underline Sicily’s psychological shift away from quantity wine production towards quality. I believe it is one of the most important events on a timeline of modern Sicilian wine history.
These are the benchmark wines that set Sicily on fire in the last decade. We have several wines available from this historic winery and we have THE best deals.
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2014 Donnafugata * Tancredi
$210.00 per six pack ($35btl)
This is a smooth and supple blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and Tannat (with smaller percentages of other grapes) that ages in oak for 14 months. Tancredi presents an authentic Sicilian side thanks to the Nero d’Avola component, but will appeal to an international audience. Dark cherry, spice and chocolate converge on the richly textured finish
2012 Donnafugata * Mille E Una Notte
$420.00 per six pack ($70btl)
“Nero d’Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and a small proportion of other grape varieties. Mille e una Notte 2012 has an ample and enveloping bouquet characterized by fruity notes of mulberry, blackberry and plum, and balsamic and spicy scents (nutmeg). In the mouth it is soft and intense and it amazes with the great finesse of its tannins. Long persistence on the finish. Donnafugata’s flagship red confirms itself as an icon of style and elegance.
2008 Donnafugata * Mille E Una Notte
Reg. Price 750ml- $75btl
$65btl, only 3btls in stock- 750ml
The 2008 Contessa Entellina Rosso Mille e una Notte stands out immediately in a blind tasting, thanks to the wine’s instantly recognizable pedigree. Crafted in a seamless manner, this mostly Nero d’Avola based wine is inky dark and beautifully concentrated with thick layers of blackberry, barbecue spice and a defining note of eucalyptus oil (that seems stronger in this vintage). This is a soft and penetrating effort with long, polished tannins, impressive richness and persistency.
2011 Donnafugata * Mille E Una Notte – 3L
$225.00btl for a 3 Liter- ONLY ONE IN STOCK
The 2011 Mille e Una Notte is based on Nero d’Avola, although the wine sees smaller percentages of other grapes in supporting roles. This is a thick and darkly saturated expression with a bold flavor profile that reveals dark fruit, jammy blackberry, exotic spice and moist chewing tobacco. The 2011 vintage falls under the IGT Sicilia appellation (but newer vintages will be labeled under the Contessa Entellina appellation). The intensity of the bouquet is remarkable as is the thickness and weight of the wine’s texture. Mille e Una Notte is an all-Sicilian wine with an interesting Bordeaux slant. The tannins are firm but very well integrated.