A monthly review of an easily obtainable wine that’s had a recommendation somewhere in a National newspaper. Usually posted just before the usual monthly theme, this may be the latest post for only a few days….

Perricone IGT Siciliane 2013 (Caruso e Minini) – 14% – M&S £8

This month’s theme is all sweet-ness and white (-ness). So a fiery red from Sicily as a counterpoint:

This comes from the same area as Marsala in the West of Sicily, where Perricone is a native grape. It is thought to be a relative of Sangiovese, which is believable when you try it. Most is blended with Nero d’Avola, but this wine is from one of the best varietal producers.

This wine is dark and has a first big red fruit nose – cherries predominantly. Some lighter fragrance appears later with a sharper note.

The palate is thick and warm, with a chocolate texture and peppery finish, with a bitter tinge.

Although big the wine has a clean sour cherry acidity lifting it, and leading through the palate to the chocolate hint again.

The wine asks for food and with a typical roast dinner the tannins appear – slightly grainy but framing the food.

Now the fruit appears sweeter, the acidity taken up by the food and a more raspberry flavour emerges.

This wine is big and quite alcoholic but presents with good acidity and supple flavours, making it much nimbler than it first appears. Enjoyable with an informal meal, and very good value.

Ratings:     Quality: 14.5/20   Value: 17/20