Regaleali Nero d’Avola 2014
One of my favorite trends in the wine world is seeing grapes that formerly were regarded as best suited for blending evolve into well-made varietals (in which the wine must be 75 percent one grape). Until this century, Nero d’Avola was just such a grape, and one of the wineries that changed all that was Regaleali. The Regaleali Nero d’Avola 2014 ($16) tastes like Sicily in a glass: bright but brooding, laden with sun-splashed ripeness. All manner of red fruits — cherries, raspberries, et al. — vie for the palate’s attention all the way through the silky finish. This robust but refined red is an ideal match for traditional Italian food: spaghetti and meatballs, Italian sausage (or any sausage), eggplant or chicken Parmigiana.
Available at Top Ten St. Louis Park, Cotroneo’s, Solo Vino, South Lyndale, Liberty Village, Kowalski’s and others.