A little known grape from Sicily as an eye-opening single varietal wine, the Assuli Furioso Perricone.
100% Perricone from Mazara del Vallo in northwestern Sicily, Italy. The wine spends 18 months in large oak barrels and another 12 months in bottle before release.
Sample submitted for review. There don’t appear to be any sellers in US currently, but worldwide prices are as low as $20US.
Hints of plum, blackberry, black cherry and a slight spiciness. Well balanced with fresh tannins and a reduced acidity. Excellent with medium aged cheeses, vegetables and white meat.
Perricone is a little known grape grown primarily in western Sicily. Typically used in blends with Sicily’s big red grape, Nero d’Avola, today we have a single varietal example. Let’s check it out.
The 2016 Assuli Furioso Perricone begins with a pleasing aroma of ripe dark fruit plus a little cedar, graphite and black olive.
The wine tastes similar to the nose with an added touch of green olive in the mouth and a good amount of earthiness. It’s fairly tannic, but still smooth. This is a substantial, meaty wine.
It ends dry with a long, slightly chewy finish. I love to try these lesser known grapes as single varietal wines and this is an excellent one.
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