The wine retailer, VinoMofo, commented that “The wine itself is a half-native, half-international blend – 25% Nero d’Avola, 25% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The danger would be producing a hodge-podge of provenance-deprived boozy berry-juice. They’ve skipped neatly over that pothole, however, instead making a wine benefitting from immensely characterful Sicilian charm and a good, ballsy dose of internationally adored Bordeaux-blend oomph.” Italian wine critic Luca Maroni gave the wine 98 points. Of course, he might give 89 points to paint thinner, depending on the year. Although he uses the same numbers others do – 0-100 – he gives points for different things. My rating: 91-93 points. The going price is about $11. As I write, the wine is somewhat new to our shores. Looking for it? Just Google 2018 Bollina Papios Rosso Terre Siciliane $.

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