The weather has been wild and wacky over the last couple of days and the clocks have gone back. Winter is certainly on the horizon. The big advantage of winter is enjoying robust red wines with lots of pasta or whilst snuggled up under a blanket whilst watching a film, or more specifically at the moment, reruns of The West Wing.
This Palazzo del Mare Nero d’Avola from Virgin Wines is a purple red, it has the look of fresh grape juice. It smells fruity and spicy with just a hint of acidity. It’s dry with soft tannins. It has a good whack of acidity that works well with southern Italian dishes, but is perhaps not ideal for more refined dining or easy sipping.
There is some plum with quite a lot of spice and something not unlike dirt. That’s not a criticism, it’s quite interesting. There’s a little licorice too.
This wine worked well for a cold night with hot spaghetti. I got this from Virgin Wines in a mixed case. Expect to pay £6-£7 if you’re buying it on its own.