Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Riofavara Spaccaforno “Eloro” Sicilian Red, Italy.
This rich and lovely Nero D’ Avola is rocking right now and makes for a stunning red that showcases this Sicilian grape in all it’s glory. Riofavara, imported by Kermit Lynch, is a small family estate on the island and so far everything I’ve tried from them has been fantastic, these are terroir driven wines of great quality and texture. While Arianna Occhipinti brings huge attention to the region with her exotic and natural wines, Riofavara has quietly added some equally beautiful wines to the list of top Sicilian vino. This Nero shows layered finesse and earthy spicy complexities with bright and lush plum, blueberry and wild strawberry fruit, red pepper, silky tannins and hints of anise and lavender. Certainly, the pure pleasure of this wine will win new fans, both “Old World” and “New World” admirers alike, and the price is scary good, don’t miss this wine it is a gem. If you are looking for something different and want a focused and balanced wine, no question this Riofavara will do the trick.
($18 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive