Firriato Harmonium Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2011
By Luca Maroni
Firriato Harmonium 2011
Date of Sampling: 26/07/2013
Bottles Produced: (Volume 0,75 lt)
Grapes: Nero d'Avola
Feelings: The purest varietal Nero d' Avola is a morel meaty but has the intensity in fragrance and sweetness of a sour cherry purple. That's when everything has calmed his volatile mood, when there is no residual sulfur fermentation and processing is in solution, and when in no way affected by oxide is crystalline fragrance of his native profumoso omore. Conditions that need to be met viticulture and enology of utmost wisdom, naturalness and care. And when they told him impolpa a varietal wine of concentration, acid- soft - tannin, the sharp enological of the present, this morel fleshy fragrance of a sour cherry purple reaches harmonious and persuasive all'insuperabile persuasiveness fructose d' a blackberry. From risplendenze of pure oak made the crystallinity of a flower.
By International Wine Report
FIRRIATO 'Harmonium' 2011
Report Date: September, 2014
Drinking Window: 2016-2023
Appellation: Sicily IGT
Importer: Soilair Selections
The 2011 ‘Harmonium’ is 100% Nero d’Avola, which comes from 3 separate crus within the 165 hectare Borgo Guarini Estate; Ferla, Lepre and Beccaccia each having their own unique terroir. The wine itself delivers a mix of fresh, savory and sweet aromas that consist of dark cherries and ripe blackberries, which are layered with sweet spices, cocoa powder, warm toasty notes and a briary chracter. The dark fruits carry over onto the Full body, where a burst of acidity gives this a sense of freshness. This remains nicely balanced all the way through the finish where even more dark fruits, spices and toasted notes continue linger. Today this seems as if it’s still another year or two away from hitting its stride, I would recommend allowing this just another couple years of bottle age before it will begin to show its best. (Best 2016-2023) - September, 2014 (JD)
By Wine Spectator
FIRRIATO Nero d'Avola Sicilia Harmonium 2011
Release Price: $44
Issue: Oct 15, 2014
A rich note of smoky bacon fat wafts through this chewy red. The plush tannins provide structure without excess weight, framing the sappy cassis, cocoa powder, mint and graphite flavors. Offers a firm, spicy finish. Best from 2016 through 2024. 3,500 cases made. -AN
Harmonium Nero d'Avola Sicilia
Classification: IGT Sicilia
Grape Variety: Nero d’Avola
Vineyard Location: Trapani countryside -Tenuta Borgo Guarini
Soil Composition: Calcareous - slimy
Altitude: The vineyards have a south-westerly exposure (300 metres above sea level)
Training System: Cordon trained, spur pruned/Guyot
Vines per Hectare (ea): 5,000/5,500
Yield (Kg. per hectare): 6,300 kg
Harvest Period: Hand-picking - 3rd decade of September
Fermentation Temperature: 24'-26'C
Period of Fermentation: 14 days
Vinification: The vinification carried out in controlled-temperature steel tanks in accordance to the red wines tradition.The malolactic fermentation is carried out.
Maturation: 12 months in French and American durmast barriques.
Maturation in Bottle: 6 months
PH: 3,42 (average)
Total Acidity: 6,50 g/l (average)
1st Year Production: Vintage year 1999
Vintage Production: 80.000 bottles
Formats: 75cl.,1.5 L. and 3 L. bottles
Serving Temperature: 18'C
Recommended Glass: Wide rounded balloon glass for fine wines
Color: Deep dark ruby red with purplish hints.
Nose: Marvelous scents of cherry, prunes, mulberries, blackberries and blackcurrants stand out followed by a duet with fine hints of rhubarb, cinchona, pepper, tobacco, nutmeg and dark chocolate entwined with nuances of minerals and undergrowth.
Palate: Power, elegance, lively tannins, matchless softness, freshness, all blended into a balanced and harmonious whole that overwhelms the palate seducing with its limpidity and extraordinary persistence and polish typical of a great wine.
It is blessed with the fortunate fate of the best, of those who win awards and prizes and who others often try to vainly copy; it is a due tribute of love and respect for Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s greatest red grape, which achieves its climax in this interpretation.
To be matched with rich dishes like pasta with game ragout, risotto with pore mushrooms and sausage, baked mutton, saddle of roe with wild plums, beef braised in this wine. It is perfect with tasty and aged cheeses.
[Info provided by Solair Selections]