Firriato, Sicilia DOC (Sicily, Italy) Nero d’Avola “Harmonium” 2014

($41):  Made from one of Sicily’s native grapes, this robust red holds its 14.5 percent stated alcohol effortlessly, without a trace of heaviness.  Smoke and other savory accents complement its dark plum-like fresh and dried fruit notes.  Good balancing acidity keeps this mature beauty bright and fresh while fine tannins lend support without astringency.  It’s another excellent choice when putting meat on the grill.
92 Michael Apstein May 30, 2023