Val Cerasa, Etna Rosso, Az. Ag. Bonaccorsi, 2002

Always a very nice wine, Val Cerasa is a good introduction to the considerable pleasures of nerello mascalese, Sicily's finest red variety. Grown on the volcanic soils of Etna, this is more than a simple charming wine, as it has very nice underlying mineral earthiness. A great wine for grilled steaks and chops and an excellent bargain. Why is anyone buying all those boring, industrial New World wines when wine like this are around?