The first contrada in the heirarchy (pricewise, at least) is the limestone rich Baronj that yields a particularly energetic and bright/high toned expression of Nero D’Avola. The soil is so white here, that in the full sun, one wants to shield one’s eyes from the light. The wine aged uniquely in stainless steel after a shorter maceration to keep the focus on the purity and prettiness of its fruit and perfume. Both vintages sound delicious to me, and for the money, this is silly good….. 14% alcohol here. I think that this wine is a knockout…..
“The 2017 NeroBaronj seduces with its zesty display of crushed cherries, sweet exotic spices and dried roses. This is soft and round in feel, offset by bright acids and tart wild berry fruits, which creates a sweet and sour impression toward the close. Energy remains high, even as chalky mineral notes and wild herbs come forward; yet the end note here is, without a doubt, a lasting echo of vivid citrus-tinged blackberry. The NeroBaronj, a varietal Nero d’Avola, is a crowd-pleaser.” 91 Eric Guido of Vinous for the 2017, NOT THE 2018 OFFERED HERE