Valle dell'Acate, Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, Sicilia, 2005

Cerasuolo means something like “cherry colored”, which this wine has plenty of. In the nose there is lots of pure red fresh cherry notes, and a hint of spice & pepper. In the mouth it was fairly silky with medium tannins and lots of acidity behind juicy bright cherry flavors, red fruit, and a little red licorice. The tannins were very dry in finish, although this is still very young. They say this wine can age up to 30 years! It reminded me of a high class Beaujolais but with more structure. This was a good, solid wine that needs 2-3 more years in the bottle, but is drinking fine right now.

My score: 89; $20