Donnafugata, Terre Siciliane IGT (Sicily, Italy) “Tancredi” 2016

($39, Folio Fine Wine Partners):  While Donnafugata maintains a traditional focus on indigenous Sicilian grapes, such as Nero d’Avola, they also have planted international ones, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and unusual ones, such as Tannat.  Those three grapes comprise the majority of the blend of Tancredi.  Despite the potential power that Cabernet and Tannat can deliver, this wine retains finesse.  Dark bitter cherry-like flavors combine with an alluring mineral or earthy component in this powerful, yet refined wine.  Remarkably fresh and long, it would be a great choice for hearty wintertime fare.
93 Michael Apstein Jan 26, 2021