July 06, 2005

Feudo Arancio 2003 Sicily Cabernet Sauvignon

(Imported by Prestige Wine Imports, NY; about $9.99)

Summertime and barbecues tend to bring big, juicy reds like Zinfandels and California Cab to mind, but sometimes those wines are just too much for the heat. That’s when I start looking for “claret,” a light, quaffable, and affordable Bordeaux often mentioned by old-school British wine writers. The problem is, I can’t find any affordable Bordeaux I want to quaff. I’d rather have this little Sicilian Cabernet Sauvignon, which has the black currant fruit, green pepper and gravel scents, and lean, lightly tannic structure I crave for just $10. Feudo Arancio also makes a bright, lively white from Grillo, a native Sicilian grape.

This article originally appeared in the Denver Post.

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