2016 Tenuta Regaleali Rosso del Conte
A faithful expression of the territory from which it comes – the high hills in the center of Sicily – on an aromatic level, Rosso del Conte never exceeds in overripe notes while still ensuring a full phenolic maturation. Exuberant, vibrant, energetic in its youth, with ageing it develops a velvety tactile texture, without losing tone or taste progression. In its long history, it has known different stylistic variations, in particular in the technique of ageing: chestnut barrels, Slavonian oak, small French oak barrels. However, it always maintains its unique identity.
Decanter, 95 points
James Suckling, 95 points
This is a really pretty Sicilian red with dried-cherry, smoke, walnut and mushroom aromas and flavors. The sour-cherry character kicks in at the finish. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years.
Vinous, 95 points
The 2016 Rosso del Conte lifts up with an intense and heady bouquet of sweet herbs and tobacco, which deepens as notes of exotic spice, medicinal cherry and hints of menthol form in the glass. It’s silky in texture, delivering a stunning mix of tart wild berries, salty minerals and sage that creates a pleasantly savory expression, as tannins slowly saturate toward the close. This tapers off structured and dry, nearly masking notes of blackberry and cacao that echo on through the finale. A towering and powerful vintage for Rosso del Conte, combining 53% Nero d’Avola and 47% Perricone, that will require cellaring to show its best.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 points
Aromas of French oak, Mediterranean scrub and blue flower are front and center on this vibrant blend of Nero d'Avola and Perricone. The palate is still primary and youthfully austere, offering blackberry, cranberry, licorice and tobacco alongside notes of sage and thyme. Assertive, close-grained tannins provide grippy support and a drying, clenching finish. Give it time to unwind and fully develop.
53% Nero d'Avola, 47% Perricone
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