Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2018


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“The 2018 Mille e una Notte opens slowly in the glass, dark and floral, whispering its bouquet of violets and lavender. Coaxing brings forward depths of black currant, mocha and balsam herbs, while remaining youthfully poised. It washes across the palate with a silken wave of mineral-tinged black berries and savory spices, as a bitter tension mixes with fine-grained tannins toward the close. This finishes structured and classically dry, yet incredibly long, with hints of Baker’s chocolate and tobacco. The 2018 is wrapped up tight and in need of cellaring to show its best. Mille e una Notte is composed primarily of Nero D’Avola, Petit Verdot and Syrah, which is refined in new barriques for 14 months. Drinking window: 2024-2030. 92 points

Donnafugata ranks among the largest estates of Sicily, and yet the level of quality across the board is remarkably high. When you add to that some very attractive labels and marketing, such as their partnership with Dolce and Gabbana, it easy to see why they are so popular. However, collectors shouldn’t hold this against them because at the core of this venerable estate are a number of wines that stand shoulder to shoulder with Italy’s best. The Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé is the first that comes to mind, and the 2019 tasted for this report is one of the most complete vintages I’ve ever tasted of it. The Mille e una Notte, a more international-style blending of Nero D’Avola, Petit Verdot and Syrah is usually at the top of the list as well; however this year, it was the difficult 2018 vintage that they had to contend with. Also worth paying attention to is the property’s growing portfolio on Etna, which hasn’t quite found its footing yet (in this critic’s opinion), yet it has the potential to be very strong. Add a selection of affordable deep reds and zesty whites, and you have a recipe for success.”

Eric Guido, Vinous (06/22)