Tonight I've decided to open an little red blend from Sicily, the 2008 Naisi, a blend of Nero D'Avola (75%) and Tannat (25%), which should make a nice wine to stand up to my seemingly daily steak intake! I bought this wine a few weeks ago at John Russo's in Grand Rapids, which has a really nice selection of interesting wines, particularly from areas of Italy that you don't see as often, like Sicily.
This wine is a deep purple in the glass, with a good bit of opacity near the center and graduating toward a brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is an interesting combination of ripe cherry, dark chocolate and leather, with a good bit of smokiness as well. The taste is nicely fruit forward, with a blast of tart cherry and prune up front, which sounds awful, but actually works quite well. The fruit transitions to some bitter herbs and gravel midpalate, before the rather tightly wound tannins bring it all together for a smooth, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's a very nice wine that's a bit off the beaten path of your everyday red, with a more rustic quality that pairs nicely with red meat and game. And the cost wasn't outrageous either, I think I bought this bottle on sale for $14. Tonight I am enjoying this with a rare grilled New York strip and some grilled veggies and steak fries, which offer a perfect balance to the wine. Cheers!