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2015
91 pt

Bright red. Blue fruit and sweet spices on the explosively fruity nose. Then ... Read all

Bright red. Blue fruit and sweet spices on the explosively fruity nose. Then fresh, bright and juicy, offering red berry, red cherry and mineral flavors lifted by a bright violet kick. Finishes long and vibrant with a whiplash of fresh dark berries and noteworthy youthful tannic bite. Relatively low fermentation temperatures (79°F/26°C) help express the fruity nature of Nero d’Avola. Full of early appeal, this is a gorgeous wine for the money. Drinking window: 2016 – 2018. (Ian d’Agata)

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USA
2016, December 8
2015
91 pts

USA
Episode #2364 - August 2016
2015
91

Pale straw. Passion fruit and herbal nuances, plus a strong white peach element ... Read all

Pale straw. Passion fruit and herbal nuances, plus a strong white peach element on the very fragrant, almost aromatic nose: this reminded me a little of Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria). Fresh and saline in the mouth, showing sneaky concentration to the apple, fresh citrus and herb flavors. Long and clean, this is a lovely wine that strikes me as much more interesting than any SurSur made before it (though I’m not wild about this vintage’s Zibibbo-like note). This is a relatively new wine for Donnafugata: the first vintage of SurSur was 2012. The estate currently rents the vineyard from which this wine is made, but it has moved to plant new Grillo vineyards and will soon switch to estate fruit. Antonio Rallo believes that Grillo has lots of potential, “like a Pinot Grigio but with a Sicilian minerality.” Sursur is the Arabic name for Grillo. Drinking window: 2016 – 2017. (Ian d’Agata)

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USA
2016, December 8
2015
91 pt

Lovely silky and racy tannins to this nero d’avola with lemon-rind and ... Read all

Lovely silky and racy tannins to this nero d’avola with lemon-rind and rose-petal character. Medium body and a long finish. Drink now.

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USA
Nov. 2016
2015
93 pts
Wine Review Online

This is pure sunshine in a bottle. Donnafugata’s SurSur grillo — an ... Read all

This is pure sunshine in a bottle. Donnafugata’s SurSur grillo — an indigenous white grape grown throughout Sicily — is straightforward and simple on the one hand and positively brilliant on the other, showing bright fruit notes that are forward and juicy with tremendous persistence through the finish.

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USA
August 2016
2015
90 pts

A white with candied lemons and hints of white pepper. Medium body, a solid core ... Read all

A white with candied lemons and hints of white pepper. Medium body, a solid core of fruit and a lightly salty finish. Drink now.

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USA
Nov. 2016
2015
Oscar Qualità-Prezzo

Italy
2017
2015
90 pts

Full-bodied, round and juicy. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and coffee. A ... Read all

Full-bodied, round and juicy. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and coffee. A little jammy. Delicious drink-me-now red

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USA
Nov. 2016