2005 Archero Nero d’ Avola Ruggero di Tasso

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by D’Aquino Italian Imports

What They Said:

Per quaffability (for the 2003 version) “This is a jelly-jar wine, and it went fine with grilled tri-tip served with Arugula salad and Parmesan. I’ve never been to Sicily but I can certainly imagine knocking back this stuff by the carafe in a cafe there. It’s an anti-Parkerized wine. Very light in body, fruity and juicy, without much extract and virtually no tannin. Very little acid, too, so there is a sense of roundness as well as lightness.

The wine is not complex at all it’s just juicy with strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Definitely Quaffable, this would not be bad at all chilled or even on ice.”

What I Think:

The bottle says it is from southwest Sicily, not that I have had enough wine from the region to know the difference but thought that I may find it of interest at some point in the future. This wine started slowly but grew on me over the three days that it was open. Strangely, as this is a light wine, I think that it is better without food. It is either that or the air that made the difference in the dramatic improvement after the first night. Still not impressed enough to go buy this in bulk but one bottle is pretty much in my next case just to try it again.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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