Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte 2012
Mille e una Notte - the standard-bearer of Donnafugata red wines - offers a further proof of elegance and complexity. It is of an intense ruby red color; the nose opens to ripe cherries and mulberries merging with delicate hints of eucalyptus; the taste is round, with a structured and caressing tannin; very persistent.
Pair with elaborate dishes of red meat, pork, lamb. Also try it with tasty dishes of fish, baked or stewed and medium aged cheeses. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64°F).
Vinous "Purple-ruby. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of plum, blackcurrant, star anise, cocoa and cinnamon; this is a great deal more perfumed than the 2010. Smooth, lush and round, with a fresh, juicy quality lending precision to the suave flavors of dark berries and cocoa and contributing to an impression of early personality. I love the combination of texture and focus here. Finishes broad and long, with ripe, polished tannins and a repeating violet nuance. This is one of the best young Mille e Una Notte wines I have tasted to date. A blend of mainly Nero d’Avola with small additions of Syrah and Petit Verdot."
James Suckling"A red with blackberry and chocolate character. Hints of hazelnuts, too. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of pure fruit here. A beautiful wine with fruit and structure. Drink or hold."
Wine Enthusiast"Aromas of French oak, mature black-skinned fruit, espresso and a hint of blue flower lead the nose on this structured red. The generous palate doles out juicy black cherry, blackberry, ground pepper and licorice while velvety tannins provide smooth, seamless support. Drink through 2021."
Wine Spectator"Expressive flavors of cassis, fig cake, dried mint and espresso are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame, layered with refined tannins and accents of oak spice and graphite that linger on the finish. Rich but polished. Drink now through 2026."
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