This was probably the first Sicilian red I tasted, and then it was full of exotic flavors and mysterious scents. Then the wine went downhill for a few years. But now this 3 million-bottle brand is back on form and full of the same herbal, spicy flavors it always had, with the plus of ripe, sweet dark cherry fruit and easy tannins. I drank it recently with a plate of grilled vegetables, and it was a great partnership.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.