With these next two crus, we have examples that vie for the best in the cellar and the best of Sicily in every single vintage. From a volcanic pocket of black clay, limestone, and red sand, this has a blend of power and complexity that is self evident class in a glass. Seeing the oh-so-fair tariff here, I don’t know what else one could possibly ask for…..the contrast of ’15 and ’16 should be a very cool one to see unfold in the cellar.
This 2016 is the single highest rated Bufaleffj that Ian has reviewed, and the second highest rated Nero D’Avola in his history reviewing the wines of Sicily, next to the next wine on offer…….This sounds positively majestic to my taste…..14% alcohol here.
“Luminous deep red. Aromas of red cherry, minerals, Oriental spices and vanilla on the refined nose. Then luscious, rich, deep and multilayered with spices, herbs and aromatic oak notes dominating the underlying red and spicy flavors beneath. Finishes long but with less than the usual nectar-like quality that typifies this cru; undoubtedly, a much more elegant version of Nerobufaleffj, a wine that often reaches Amarone-like levels of richness and lusciousness. This very young wine is a potential knockout; still brooding and folded upon itself; it’s a beauty that requires time in your cellar, and watch it develop into something special.” 96+ Ian D’Agata