2008 Donnafugata Sedàra Sicilia IGT

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Donnafugata
Variety: Nero D’Avola (plus whatever else is lying around such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah)
Designation: Sedàra
Region: Italy
Sub-region: Sicilia IGT
ABV: 14%
Price: $20 (BC LDB), $20 (EW)

We tasted with our guest reviewers, the CakeBitch and El Capitan.

CakeBitch says: Like eating an unripe berry.

El Capitan says: No comment.

He says: It’s risky business to diss a Sicilian; I expect to awaken beside a dead horse head any day now. So, I’ll be as nice as possible: if you see this wine on an Italian resto wine list, run. If your friend serves it to you for dinner, leave. If you see it at the bottle shop, hide it behind other bottles to save your fellow man. This wine is so disappointing for $20, especially considering all the other great values out of Italy at the same price. Stick with a Valpolicella, or an Aglianico, or a six-pack of Peroni. Will someone please round up the wine buyers at these shops and have a word?

She says: After hearing great things recently about Sicilian wine this was nothing short of a big disappointment!  That said, there was nothing big about it… lacking body and intensity it failed to deliver on all fronts.  You can buy clean skins back in Oz that are better than this and at less than half the price.  Ouch… looks like that’s 2 horse heads in our bed!

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby
Smells like: Youthful, med- intensity (if not more closed), stewed black fruits, slight leather tinge
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med- body, med intensity, med- tannin, med+ alcohol; tart black fruits, watered down & lacks concentration, some sweet vanilla flavors, unbalanced, overly tart, med- finish

Summary: Acceptable, At peak drink soon (i.e. We can’t see an upside for this wine)

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.