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Powerful reds; Old World - IL PASSO, Nerello Mascalese, Villa Zabu. Sicily

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2016 Now finished: IL PASSO, (Nerello Mascalese), Vigneti Zabu. Sicily

Bin: 605
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: From the hills around Lake Arancio in south western Sicily. Although the most glamorous Sicilian reds come from the east, in particular from Etna, the value and much of the best winemaking is in the west
Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese - the great grape of Etna, here planted in the warmer west and then semi-dried (on the vine) before ageing in barrel for six months
Producer: A new estate, vineyards planted post 2000, on the hills around Lake Arancio. Consultant winemaker is Valentino Sciotti, responsible for several other top producers in the south of Italy
Food Match: Although dry, this can work like a Port with cheese of all sorts including blue, creamy or smelly!
Old Bridge Rating: Combination of a top quality grape (NM retains freshness even in hot locations and always has a savoury, stoney edge) with interesting semi-Amarone style winemaking. Luscious richness and impressive value
Press Reviews: "The initial impression is fabulous: deep, shimmering with black fruit and violet perfume. The palate is no slouch either, with an essential oil purity to the fruit, edged with chocolate. It has a certain sweetness and creamy length making it very easy to drink" - The Wine Gang

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