Cantine Ermes is a serious wine producer on the Italian island of Sicily. Right this moment we have a look at two hearty reds from the operation, each constructed round Sicily’s indigenous nero d’avola grape.
2019 Cantine Ermes Quattro Quarti Appassimento Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC – Made within the appassimento model (with partially dried grapes) iconic to Valpolicella, you’d be simply forgiven for assuming this wine was made there as an alternative of in Sicily. Wealthy with black fruit and gently candy, the wine gives a complexity of flavors that run from stewed prunes and darkish raisins to cloves and a touch of vanilla. Sharper notes of rhubarb and a few balsamic give the end a contact of acidity. Tons happening right here, particularly because it opens up with time in glass. A large cut price in any respect of 11 bucks (tops). A- / $11
2016 Cantine Ermes Epicentro Nero D’Avola Riserva Sicilia DOC – No appassimento right here; it is a straight fermentation of nero d’avola, although it carries a considerable and quite shocking sweetness. The wine is lush with strawberry and a few candied cherry notes, pouring on notes of pomegranate-heavy grenadine because it develops within the glass. Numerous vanilla and a touch of rhubarb within the combine. It by no means comes collectively completely properly, however paired with the correct meals — suppose duck breast or pork chops — it could actually work. B / $32