2017 Tasca d'Almerita "Guarnaccio" Perricone
Perricone is a little-cultivated RED grape variety now grown mainly in western Sicily. It is most commonly used in blends with the island's dominant grape, Nero d'Avola, where it adds texture and deep pigment. Despite bearing no relation, Perricone is often described as being quite similar to Barbera, with high acidity and characteristics of red berries, earth and herbs. However, Perricone has strong, noticeable tannins that can accentuate the “wild” quality that many people find in wines made from this fascinating grape.
When well-made, Perricone has the potential to make very interesting, aromatic wines – like this one!
This 100% varietal wine was fermented in stainless steel before resting in second and third passage French barriques for about 12 months.
Described for the first time in 1735, Perricone – nicknamed “Guarnaccio” by the Regaleali winemakers – has been cultivated at the Regaleali estate since 1954. This bottling comes from the Ciminnita vineyard at Regaleali, which was planted in 2011 using cuttings from their historic San Lucio parcel.
Dark ruby colored. Opens with a turned earth and mushroom bouquet with a hint of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and has moderate, yet polished tannins. The flavor profile is that of tasty, black cherry with notes of strawberry, licorice and red plum. There is also a little bit of herb and oak to add complexity.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Smooth and savory, this polished red has an enticing nose showing black-skinned berry, wild mint, blue flower and culinary spice. The juicy palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, red currant, star anise and white pepper set against taut, refined tannins. Enjoy through 2025.”
92 points, James Suckling. "Good freshness and focus for this obscure grape variety, more often used to produce rich, alcoholic reds. Dried plums, blueberries and Chinese spices are all in play. Medium to full body, round and ripe tannins and a fruit-driven finish. Drink now."