Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Shiraz and cab from Sicily!!! Dirty funky dishwater green stemmy goodness in the nose, a little volatile and flabby, punctuated with thin mints and their chocolate coverings melting on hot granite.
In the mouth, a refreshing thinness dispels all new-world associations with *shiraz* while juggling nice fruit in this corner with mountain abrasiveness in that corner. This is a pretty fun wine. It’s really *safe*. I don’t mean that as a slam in this instance–it actually is a ‘nice’ sort of safe. It brings a bunch of tiny beauties to the party and nothing crashes it. Which is another way of saying *balanced* I suppose… It’s just a fun–but fairly simple–good wine. The 300g bottle does it no favors in impression. It would be as lovely in non-punted 25¢ emerald or dead-leaf.
2014 BRUNILDE DI MENZIONE Shiraz/Cab DOC Sicily Italy 14.5