Vivera, Nero d’Avola DOP (Sicily, Italy) 2020

($23, Montcalm Wine Importers):  I was unfamiliar with this producer until samples arrived on my doorstep.  Now, with this Nero d’Avola and their equally impressive Etna Rosso, Vivera is a name I will remember.  The fleshy character of this Nero d’Avola presents a great counterpoint to the sleek austerity of their 2019 Etna Rosso.  Smokey nuances poke out and balance the dark cherry-like flavors.  A delightful hint of bitterness in the finish reminds you that this is no fruit bomb, but rather, a sophisticated example of the varietal.  Suave tannins in this mid-weight wine allow for current consumption with a robust tomato-based pasta.
92 Michael Apstein Oct 26, 2021