By Kori ~ November 3rd, 2011.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola from the Sicily region in Italy.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
The Principi di Butera estate is located in the district of Butera in the Province of Caltanissetta and lies within the Riesi DOC in the heart of Sicily. Currently, they have 334 acres under vine in their vineyards. In addition to Nero dâ€™Avola and Insolia, which are indigenous varieties, they also grow Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Antonio Cufari serves as winemaker.
â€œDry, well-structured and extremely rounded, it offers very complex fruit flavors on the palate. These are reminiscent of cherries preserved in brandy, mingled with a very appealing spiciness that lingers on the finish.â€ â€“Feudo Principi di Butera
2008 Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola (Sicilia IGT, Italy): Deep, dark red. Aromatic with black fruit and a hint of creosote on the nose. Black plum, black cherry, and licorice come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium, dry tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $14.99; Available elsewhere, $13 to $21
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Italian Wine, Nero d'Avola, Red Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25