Poggio Anima Asmodeus is 100% Nero d'Avola from a vineyard in Caltanissetta, Sicily, 1,600 feet above sea level. The vines are 25 years old and grown on Volcanic Sand & Clay.
Poggio Anima is a new label for Vino Fino, but based on the quality to price ratio of these wine, we think they may become a go to for many of our customers wishing to experience some tasty Italian wines. Offering plenty of drinkability, in a way that only the Italians seem to manage, these wines offer something different to have with your next hearty meal, be it pizza, pasta or anything else the Italians seem to have mastered! And the coloured labels attract as much attention as what's in the bottle with all the reds named after fallen angels. This Nero d'Avola, named after Asmodeus, the Demon of Lust, is as dark and pleasurable as you would imagine.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two demons of prostitution. Asmodeus is the offspring of the relationship between Naamah and Adam.
Of all of the varietals of Italy, Nero d’Avola is as lustful and pleasurable as it gets. Rich, peppery and opulent. It has many of the same characteristics of Syrah and is the most important grape of Sicily.
2017 marks the fifth vintage from this vineyard. The vineyard is located in central Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta, at about 1,600 feet above sea level. The altitude, together with the distance from the sea ensures great condition for ripening the Nero d'Avola. The vines are planted south facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil using guyot pruning. Cool winters and a dry spring led to a desert-like summer. It seemed to have rained once in spring and then once again in early October.
The 45th largest island in the world has never seen such fiery, relentless heat, with summer temperatures reached as high as 120°F! Thankfully much of this was confined further inland and east of the vineyards. Harvest commenced nearly three weeks earlier than 2016 with yields down nearly 40% from 2016.
Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate. Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together."
90/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"It is sweetly fragrant on the nose showing dark plum, spiced cherry, dried herb and cocoa characters. The palate is succulent and brightly expressed with juicy fruit intensity and fine texture, leading to a pleasingly dry finish. A versatile food-friendly wine offering medium-full-body and vibrant fruit flavours. At its best: now to 2020."
4 Stars & 18.0/20 Raymond Chan, July 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with deep and concentrated, vibrantly lively aromas of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits along with plum notes and lifted floras, unfolding some black pepper and minerals. This shows excellent aromatic intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly ripe, rich fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and plums forming a soft, rounded heart. Dark-red floral and black mineral notes add detail. The flavours are mouthfilling and the mouthfeel is soft with supple tannins supporting the fruit, and soft acidity enhancing the roundness. The flavours carry to a soft, fulsome, succulent finish with some balancing grip. This is a sweetly ripe and rich Nero d’Avola with black fruits on a rounded, mouthfilling palate with supple tannins. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. 100% Nero d’Avola from Caltanissetta, vines 25 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 3 months in French and American oak. 5,000 cases made."