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Feudo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola


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Feudo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Feudo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola

Once actually owned by the Prince of Butera, this winery, now run by the noted Zonin family, is a well-established Sicilian presence. Naturally, Nero D'Avola, arguably the pre-eminent Sicilian red grape, is a key part of their output (note that besides this Nero, they make a very much more expensive "Deliella" bottling, plus a "Surya" blend of Nero with Merlot, so don't get confused).

Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola is quite widely available in the U.S., retailing at prices from as low as $12 up to about $22, averaging $14; several major retailers carry it.


Feudo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola: Tasting Impressions

Nero D'Avola continues to impress us as one of the most distinctive and enjoyable world-class red wines. The Feudo Principi di Butera Nero is an outstanding example, having the defining Nero characteristics in spades: a deep, dark, cherry in the nose and on the palate, and perhaps above all that "charcoal-dust" quality that always suggests the volcanic soil of Sicily in which the vines grow.

This Nero has, as mentioned, the cherry quality, but it has in it a distinctly "sharp" note, a tang or acidity that augments the berry quality itself. In most Neros of our experience, the cherry has a dark sweet-cherry tone, but in this Principi di Butera Nero it has rather the overtones of so-called "sour" or "pie" cherries—Morello cherries as the maker suggests on the back label.

This is a highly enjoyable wine that can be drunk by itself with full attention on it, or would equally well make a fine accompaniment to any food a red wine can go with. Very highly recommended.


Well, that was our impression after our first bottle. Regrettably, by several more bottles on, it became clear that we had had a lucky strike with bottle variation. Later bottles were consistently disappointing: not bad or anything, but neither strikingly varietal nor distinguished. Mildly pleasant generic Italian red—that seems to be about it. Another lesson on the risks of drawing conclusions from a single bottle of any wine. No longer recommended by us.


Feudo Principi di Butera Nero D'Avola: Other Opinions

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