2012 Faro, Bonavita, Messina, Sicily

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From Sicily's north-eastern corner, close to Messina, on coastal sedimentary calc soils, Giovanni Scarfone at Bonavita is the true, refined face of Faro DOC. His blend of Nerello Mascalese 70%, Nerello Cappuccio 20% and Nocera 10% in 2012 capturing the hot and dry summer conditions with its mentholated, essential oils character. If the 2011 vintage conjured up images of (Barolo) Brunate then 2012 is decidedly more Cannubi! The nose of this full bodied wine enchants with tight red berried cassis notes, of summer ripe Pinot. The Sicilian sun giving a real sense of svelteness in 2012. Such elega