2018 Ciello Rosso
One of the few organic producers in Sicily, the Vesco family have owned and operated plantings on the hills of Alcamo, just inland from Palermo for 10 years with a focus towards minimal intervention and sustainable viticulture. Incisive and energetic, this perfumed, fresh nero d'avola is a million miles away from the overripe styles which are commonplace in Sicily. Instead of being mature with deep rooted tannins, this nero is novel; but not a fluke. Showing dark fruit, green coffee bean with a lick of cocoa, rounded out with a distinct but pleasant spiciness. A more delicate approach is needed for this wine, try pairing with roasted miso pork belly and a side of steamed pak choy.