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Valle dell'Acate "Il Moro" Nero D'Avola


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Valle dell'Acate "Il Moro" 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 Valle dell'Acate "Il Moro" Nero D'Avola

Nero D'Avola is a Sicilian red, one of several grape types closely associated with the island, most or all of which are said to benefit greatly from the (obviously, considering Mount Etna) volcanic soil.

We have long considered Valle dell'Acate's "Case Ibidini" so-called "entry-level" Nero [now "Tenuta Ibidini"] our favorite of this kind. Their somewhat upscale "Il Moro" retails at from about $18 to about $24, averaging $21.


Valle dell'Acate "Il Moro" Nero D'Avola: Tasting Impressions

Too many winemakers in Sicily today are pushing the island's old, established wines into a new "internationalized" (the caustic might say "Parkerized") style, wherein the varietal characteristics that make the wines what they are—or should be—are minimized by the winemaker so that a sort of close duplicate of Cab Sauvignon (or Chardonnay or Sauv Blanc or some other type that every illiterate bozo will recognize) emerges from the process. The wiser winemakers know that if you want to compete with every "international" wine out there, you are at much worse odds than if you offer something honestly distinctive, but wisdom has never been a quality in oversupply mode.

What we look for in a Nero D'Avola is that almost charcoal-dust sort of background, from which, ideally, will arise a muted dark-cherry fruit quality. Fortunately, Valle dell'Acate has not fallen into the "internationalization" trap, and this wine delivers what is wanted. It is basically just what it seems: a slightly upscale rendition of their entry-level Nero. It is a bit crisper and brighter (better acids?), and the fruit just a tad better defined, but it is still unmistakably a Nero D'Avola and nothing else.

While this delightful wine now moves into the position of being our favorite Nero (under $20), we feel that their "Case Ibidini" line remains useful as well, particularly with strongly flavored food that wants a sound rustic wine. Both that and this "Il Moro" are highly recommended.


Valle dell'Acate "Il Moro" Nero D'Avola: Other Opinions

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