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Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 2.06.51 PMHave you ever been to a nice restaurant and looking at the wine list you see all kinds of varietals and regions you have never tried? About 4 years ago I was at Capital Grille in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia and I decided to try a southern Italian wine by the name of Nero D’Avola. Some might say, “Why take such a big risk on a wine that could ruin your dinner?” But do you really think that an establishment like Capital Grille is really going to have a terrible bottle of wine?

Since visiting that Capital Grille and falling in love with Nero D’Avola wine. Once in a while, I will pick one up because we all know as your palate matures you might not like wines that you liked before. That is what brings us to the 2009 Tasca D’Almerita Lamuri Nero D’Avola that I picked up from a Wegman’s grocery store not that long ago.

Most of the time when people think of wine they do not think of the south. But Nero D’Avola can make some very good wines. Right now the company is already on it’s 2012 vintage so I am a little behind. Since that is the case the tasting notes come from Wine.com, who is all sold out:

Lamùri, or “love” in Sicilian dialect, is Tasca d’Almerita’s most luscious, fruit-forward, and youthful Nero d’Avola. Made from 100% Nero d’Avola from 10-15 year old vines grown in sandy soils. The unique micro-climate provides Lamùri its pleasant freshness and elegance.

Intense ruby-red in color, Lamùri offers lush aromas of blackberry, mulberry and cherry. On the palate, this wine is incredibly rich, with velvety tannins and a refreshing acidity. Recommended with Mediterranean fare, such as pasta, roasted lamb and barbecued kebabs or ribs.

I would also like to add that the Wine Advocate gave it 91 points. So how was it?

Color – Deep ruby red.

Nose – Dark berry and a little bit of Cocoa.

Taste – Blackberries and cherries with a little bit of earth underneath.

Finish – Light to Medium with medium acid and low tannins.

Overall, this is a pretty smooth medium-bodied wine. It has a nice light finish and isn’t acidic at all. This is a good sipping wine. Not as bold as some of the Nero D’Avolas that I have had in the past but still a very good wine.

Rating: B+

~Justin