Review: 2015 Tascante Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese Sicilia DOC

Tascante is a project from the Italian winemaking family Tasca d’Almerita, producing a collection of wines on Sicily’s Mt. Etna. The wines are heavy on native varietals, including this affordable bottling, made from nerello mascalese, a grape with some genetic similarity to sangiovese.

Soft but nutty, this wine shows a gentle meaty note, close to roasted pork, with overtones of gentle sandalwood and chewy fruit leather. A tobacco note emerges in time, alongside a light, toasted marshmallow character. Slightly green with herbal touches, it’s an approachable but relatively uncomplicated red for the summer months.

B / $20 / tascadalmerita.it

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