Inzolia grapes are the main ingredient of arguably the best known wine of Sicily; the fortified Marsala. The winemakers at ERA have produced dinner wine with the wonderful, nutty flavoured grape from organic grapes. Not classified as a DOC wine, you do not have to worry about the quality of the ERA Inzolia. From the get go, it has a woody almost bamboo aroma – pleasantly original. On the taste I got strong mineral, granny smith apple and nice nuttiness that you don’t have to wait for. Fine wines of Chablis will show you nuttiness on their aged wine, but this non vintage wine delivers it from day 1. I think that the winemakers at ERA are inspired by the French movement towards natural wine. The wine didn’t have that “filtered” clean look, and although it didn’t bubble it did have a carbonated feel on the tongue. I never would have guessed that this wine came from Sicily – it is a real eye-opener.
The wine gets it’s beauty from avoiding being pretty. It isn’t dolled-up and it doesn’t try to be a Marsala. High notes for originality. This wine has soul, and can sing the blues honestly.
Musical Match: The Staple Singers were a force to be reckoned with bluesy soulful vocal based songs with one foot squarely on their gospel roots. Mavis Staple is back in 2010 with a great album that harkens back to her and her siblings contributions to the Band’s classic “The Weight.” Her voice is genuine, ageless and full of pride. Listen to “Wrote a Song for Everyone.” Cheers.
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.
Part 3/5 in the 2010 BottleDJ Fall Classic Focus on Southern Italy.