Above: A view of the Feudo Montoni vineyards on the island of Sicily.
Feudo Montoni 2011 Nero d’Avola Vrucara
The delicious 2011 Nero d’Avola Vrucara is one of the protagonists of Sicilian enology. Fabio Sireci is on an explosive upward trajectory that started at an already impressive quality level. His wines just get better and better. By law, a wine labeled Nero d’Avola must be 85% true to the variety, and I don’t know if anything else is added here, but it hardly matters. Vrucara sees fruit sourced from the Principato di Villanova property in central Sicily. The wine is loaded tight with bold berry intensity, olive tapenade, hummus, crushed earth, tobacco and balsam herb. You rarely see this level of complexity with Nero d’Avola. I love everything about this beautiful wine. Fruit is sourced from 90-year-old pre-pylloxera vines.
I am always impressed by the wines of Fabio Sireci, but this new set of releases blew me away. These are some of the finest wines ever made at the beautiful Feudo Montoni property. In particular, I wanted to flag the 2014 Perricone Vigna del Core. This native Sicilian grape is late to ripen and often proves difficult in obtaining higher alcohol levels (like the 13.5% alcohol recorded here). In other words, it’s a very difficult variety to farm, but Fabio has succeeded in producing an exceptional wine.
Italian Wine Reviewer