2008 Caleo Nero d’ Avola
Appelation: Sicilia IGT
Tasting Notes: Light violet color. Very jammy nose ,with a little earth. Lighter body than expected, a little thin. Given that, there’s a lot of fruit, with some structure and tannins. Back end is all red fruit. Short finish. Not great, but not awful, and for the price it will work out just fine with Wednesday night pizza. Even at this price though, I’m not running out to get any more. It is young, and I do have another bottle (I served this at a party with lasagna, and it was fairly well received, but I don’t have this many bottles of any of the other wines I served left…) I’ll try the other bottle in a few years, perhaps with a little age it will improve.
Rating: 2/5, 11/20, 79/100
Price: $7.99 at Beltway Fine Wine
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.