Feudo Montoni - Nero d'Avola Lagnusa 2021
Feudo Montoni is one of Sicily’s oldest wine estates, founded in 1469 its family owned and operated by the Sireci family today. Certified organic the property is focused on authentic expressions of indigenous Sicilian grape varieties. Fabio Sireci proudly operates this wine estate that is very much in harmony with the land, using renewable energy sources and low-impact farming practices. “We keep the vines rustic, so the foliage is free to express itself," proclaims Fabio. “The vineyards are not fertilized—we condition the land by sowing broad beans and peas, and we do not use any chemical products.” In fact the Montoni estate is actually a fully functional organic farm, growing grains, olives, vegetables and fruits along with the grapevines. This Lagnusa is a single hillside vineyard (or “cru”) Nero d’Avola. The word Lagnusa means lazy in Sicilian, a term that has been used for this site for centuries by farmers because the vines produced such low-yields. Makes me chuckle, I can just imagine an old Sicilian farmer yelling “lagnusa!” as he picked just a few bunches from each vine. Of course we know now that these lower yields produce higher quality fruit and more flavorful wines. I love the floral aromas that waft from the glass with red cherry, damson plum, warm spices and wild herbs. The palate is rich with red fruits, plush and juicy on the tongue but not heavy. There’s an affable nature to this wine, satin-like texture, bright minerals and a fresh long finish. Delicious now and I bet it’ll age gracefully for at least another 4 years. You can enjoy it by itself, or pair with grilled red meats, cold cuts, cheeses, and pasta of course. I bet a nice piece of seared tuna would work great!
Decanter: 92 Points
“Much of this organic estate's low-yielding, own-rooted vines have resulted in this wine's nickname, ‘lazy’ or Lagnusa. An opulent Nero with aromatics of ripe cherries, spicy pepper, rose petals, wood smoke and frankincense. The palate is lush, broad and velveteen. Purple and blue fruits predominate with ripe cherry flesh and rich fig but make way for savoury Mediterranean scrub, lavender and cinders.”
Wine Spectator: 91 Points
“Lush and creamy in texture, with flavors of raspberry puree, dried cherry, star anise and violet gliding across the palate. Well-honed, succulent acidity keeps this fresh and focused, while a minerally underpinning of stone and smoke emerges to drive the lightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2029.”
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