2012 Cusumano Nero dAvola Sagana
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $39.94)
"The [Cusumano] wines are made in a fruit-driven, forward style, and, at their best, offer excellent quality." - Antonio Galloni
With a quiet winemaking revolution underway in Sicily, more and more ambitious young vignerons are making the move from grower to winemaker. Take the Cusumano brothers, who started bottling their own wines from family vineyards less than two decades ago, and now their 2012 ‘Sagana’ Nero d’Avola has James Suckling asking, “greatest Nero d'Avola ever made?” Sicily is at the absolute sweet spot of rising quality and ridiculous value and for less than $30, the 2012 ‘Sagana’ is an off the charts deal for a 95-point single-vineyard wine.
Anyone who loves Italian wine knows the potential of Sicilian terroir, but more and more producers are starting to live up to it! According to the Wine Advocate, the Cusumano brothers are “two of the handsome faces that I most associate with the modern Sicilian wine renaissance” right alongside Donnafugata and Planeta. If Cusumano seems less familiar than those names, it’s only because they’ve been so popular among Italian and European restaurants and consumers. We have a great opportunity to get stateside fans of Italian wine into this standout producer, and our price is the lowest by far in the US.
Grown on high altitude limestone soils, and aged in large casks, this is a versatile, food friendly Sicilian red. If you’re already familiar with great Nero d’Avola, this is an easy case buy. If not, then you owe it to yourself to grab a few and see if it might live up to the title, “greatest Nero d’Avola ever”!