The wines of Sicily get more exciting by the vintage. In the past few decades the fiercely independent Italian island on the Mediterranean has transformed from a bulk wine growing region to one producing many outstanding wines of distinction.  One of the best things about Sicilian wines is that they offer an amazing value and will rarely break the bank.  Such is the case with Cusumano, a group of brothers who invested heavily in creating high quality vineyards around Sicily. Taking their time, they eventually started making a variety of outstanding wines.

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CusamanoNero2016 Cusumano Nero D’Avola

Kind of like a Bruno Mars song, poppy, fun, has wide appeal and a bit of an adult side. Bright ruby red color. Bold aroma of cherries followed by notes of violets, spice, and earth. Flavors of black plum, and blueberries are backed by hints of tobacco, cocoa, nice acidity and round tannins. The unique glass closure will have your guests talking. A solid value.

SRP:  $10




2014 Cusumano Noa

This blend of Nero d’Avola, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon shows that Cusumano is about a whole lot more than value wines. A big wine at 15% abv, this wine shows rich aromas of blueberry jam, and purple flowers. This is quite full bodied for Nero d’Avola, but it’s getting serious backbone from merlot and body from the cabernet sauvignon.  Flavors of fresh dark berries are balanced by moderate acidity and fine tannins. Complex and enjoyable, Drink now through five years.

SRP:  $35