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Palari 2010 Red (Faro)

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  1. $99

From the tiny Faro denomination overlooking the Strait of Messina, this cult red opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, leather, dried berry, smoke, savory herb and a hint of game. Displaying compelling earthy elegance, the palate offers black cherry, raspberry, tobacco, truffle, tobacco, soil, graphite and licorice. It’s still young but impeccably balanced, with…

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
93
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Palari 1998 Faro Red (Sicilia)

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  1. $45

Complex flavors of tar, ripened blackberries and white pepper stay surprisingly soft in this immense wine. The balance of full tannins and dark fruit, from five indigenous grapes, will make this enjoyable for a long time to come. Cellar Selection.

 — C.S.  (5/1/2002)
92
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Palari 2011 Rosso del Soprano Red (Sicilia)

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  1. $59

Earthy yet elegant, this was made mostly with Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera grown in steep vineyards above the Strait of Messina. Aromas recall freshly turned soil, red berry, leather and Mediterranean herb. The firm palate offers black cherry, crushed raspberry, game, licorice and clove along with a vein of smoky mineral. Well-integrated tannins…

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Palari 2009 Red (Faro)

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  1. $65

Loaded with personality and special distinguishing qualities, this blend of Nocera, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio is a wine for those interested in Italy’s indigenous grapes. The bouquet is complex and layered with notes of bramble, forest berry, cassis, cola, dried ginger and green curry. The mouthful is tight, structured and streamlined.

 — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
92
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Palari 2008 Red (Faro)

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  1. $80

The largely unexplored Faro denomination in the northern point of Sicily is producing some of the island's best work. The promising Nocera grape variety is used here and vintner Salvatore Geraci is one of its biggest proponents. This blended red is finely embroidered with subtle notes of forest berry, cassis, leather and spice.

 — M.L.  (4/1/2012)
92
points

Palari 2007 Red (Faro)

Vintner Salvatore Geraci is the proud producer of Palari Faro, one of the great red wines to emerge from the Mediterranean rim and the island of Sicily. The elegance and finesse is extraordinary and the wine opens with a complex bouquet that sees petite elements of cassis, licorice, tar and tobacco rolled into one.

 — M.L.  (6/1/2011)
92
points

Palari 2006 Faro Red (Sicilia)

This is a delicate and beautiful wine that roughly translates into Sicily’s answer to a great Pinot Noir. Indigenous grapes native to the Mediterranean island are used to make an elegant, complex and anything-but-obvious expression that boasts small berry fruit, cola and toasted almond.

 — M.L.  (6/1/2011)
91
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Palari 2011 Santa Nè Francisa (Sicilia)

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  1. $160

Aromas of mature berry, fig, plum and a whiff of zabaglione waft out of the glass. The soft, velvety palate offers dried cherry, mint, carob, mocha and aniseed alongside polished, supple tannins. Drink through 2019.

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
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