The nero d’avola grape has a reputation for making rustic, not to say coarse, red wines, but the Mirabile Nero d’Avola 2006, from Sicily, has a smooth way with tannins and a rich way with fruit that make it not just tasty but delectable. While it’s true that after 30 minutes or so you notice some briary, barky austerity sneaking in around the edges, the wine is primarily mellow and drinkable, bursting with spicy black currant, blackberry and blueberry scents and flavors that are robust and deep and ripe. With some patient swirling of the glass, notes of potpourri and bitter chocolate emerge in the dense, chewy texture. Try with hearty pasta dishes, barbecue ribs and steaks. Very Good+. About $15 to $18.
Domaine Select Imports, New York.

We drank this wine with pizza last night. Toppings were grilled eggplant, tomatoes, green onions, smoked black pepper bacon (the best bacon we have ever eaten) and some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. LL pronounced it one of my top pizzas.
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