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Monday, February 14, 2011

2008 Archeo Nero d'Avola Ruggero di Tasso Sicilia IGT - The Perfect Pairing For Pepperoni Pizza


Verbatim from the bottle (typos and all):
Grapes: Nero d'Avola 100%
Production area: South-western Sicily.
Lot's of berry character with soft tannins and lightly jammy finish. Pair with red sauced dishes and grilled meats.
This wine is 13% alcohol and is another imported by D'Aquino Italian Importers. Like many of the other wines from D'Aquino at Trader Joe's this wine is not listed on the D'Aquino website.

I'm sure this wine would be tremendous if you drank it in it's natural surroundings of Sicily and my wife and I are hoping to get the chance to do that when the kids are a little older. Still, even in the dead of winter in Minnesota when we drank it, it wasn't bad. It exhibits a strong cherry flavor (maybe even a slight tinge of Cherry Robitussin), but that actually paired well with the delicious spicy sausage penne my wife made for dinner. While this one should probably get a 5 rating on the taste scale, I'm going to bump it up to 6 because it will make a great pairing with tomato sauces and therefore deserves an overall BUY rating. At only $4.99 at Trader Joe's this makes the perfect pairing with pepperoni pizza! In fact, I'm going to pick up another bottle for our next pizza night. If you're looking for a wine to drink on it's own, I'd probably pass this one by.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 6              Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.0

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