Have you ever tried a wine made exclusively from the Perricone Grape? Well neither have I but the review sure piqued my interest and at the price I had to give it a try. Certified Organic to boot!
2017 Caruso & Minini Perricone Naturalmente...$19.99
Bright medium red. Pungently perfumed nose offers violet, lavender, Szechuan pepper, lemongrass, blood orange and small red berries. Then juicy and very fresh flavors similar to the aromas, plus a building licorice note, linger impressively on the medium-bodied mouthfeel. Closes with magical, persistent inner-mouth perfume and truly exceptional clarity and cut. This sees no oak whatsoever, and therefore the wine’s magical perfume is really allowed to shine through. A real knockout of a wine, and easily one of the two or three best Perricones I have ever tried.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media
A little about the Perricone Grape:
Perricone is a little-cultivated red wine grape variety grown in Western Sicily. It is most commonly used in blends with the island's dominant grape, Nero d'Avola, where it offers up texture and a deep pigment. Perricone is permitted in a handful of Sicilian DOC titles, including Eloro, Contea di Sclafane and Monreale. In practice, however, varietal Perricone wines are usually labeled under the island's IGT title.
Despite bearing no relation, Perricone is often described as being quite similar to Barbera, with high acidity and characteristics of red berries, earth and herbs. However, Perricone has strong, noticeable tannins that can accentuate the bitterness many people find on the palate of these wines. It is tamed in this regard by Nero d'Avola, its traditional blending partner, but Perricone has the potential to make interesting, highly aromatic wines by itself