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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Firriato Ribeca Perriconen 2016


Myself having Sicilian ancestry, the wines of Sicily hold a special place in my heart. And here I have a Sicilian wine that I don't believe I've ever had before as a labeled varietal! It's called Perricone, a native grape to the island that is permitted as a varietal in some regions, is a good blending buddy with Nero d'Avola, and is one of the grapes blended in the Rubino style of Marsala.

I couldn't decide what I would incorrectly guess this wine was if I had tasted it blind. For a moment I thought I'd say Shiraz, the next I thought I'd say Right Bank Bordeaux. It's definitely different... but it's got balls. Mocha, burnt caramel, walnut, and black olive are heavy on the nose, with a whiff of rosemary and clove. On the palate there's tart plum, cherry, and leather. It's got a medium body with moderate acidity but even at eight years old the finish is tight and astringent, dominated by oak and spice. This lady still has a life ahead of her to smooth out.

I'm seeing anywhere from $33 to $40 for this, and that's exactly where it should be. Good stuff!

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