Case Alte, Sicilia DOC (Sicily, Italy) Nero d’Avola “16 Filari” 2020

($35):  Nero d’Avola, a grape indigenous to Sicily, makes a wide wine across a wide gamut of styles.  The muscular 16 Filari, from Case Alte, lies towards the massive side of the spectrum — sort of a Nero d’Avola on steroids.  That said, this bold red is balanced and not over the top.  Indeed, as it sits in the glass, it develops and subtle savory notes that offset the bold black fruity elements sneak out.   Add its chewy texture and you’ve got great option for robust pasta dishes or other mid-winter meals.
91 Michael Apstein Dec 26, 2023