CINGHIALE RATING 3.5 to 3.8 (tasted twice)
First tasting: Lighter coloring-closer to Pinot than Cabernet. Lots of Cherry on the nose, with raspberry and mulberry. Tons of acidity-slightly light on the tannins. Well made and easy to drink. Good food wine. Profile did remind me of a pinot with the exception of the slight scorched earth taste in the background.
Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese are a very 'Sicilian' duo of grape varieties. Together they are the mainstay of quality red wines from Sicily's east coast, and have long been a popular choice for wines made under the Sicilia IGT title (now promoted to DOC status).
The pair are in fact two mutations of a single variety, although the original archetypal Nerello is rarely referred to in ampelographic literature – or any other kind of literature for that matter.
Second tasting: Becoming better and better with some bottle aging.
CINGHIALE RATING 3.8
Beautiful color-the best of the day-splendid red-orange and crystalline.
Excellent-Complex nose of earth, burnt spices and thoroughly Sicilian.. Good acidity-soft tannins and good fruit on the palate-Tart cherries, spices, lemon peel. Falls off somewhat towards the middle but had an excellent finish.