Review: Wines of Tasca d’Almerita Tenuta Regaleali, 2019 Releases
Tasca d’Almerita’s 1830 Tenuta Regaleali winery can be found in inland Sicily, and the company describes it as “a living symbol of the inexorable bond running eight generations deep between the Tasca family and their island home. Regaleali represents and exemplifies the region’s passage from a feudal peasant past to a sophisticated and diversified agricultural present, where carefully managed vineyards, olive groves, grain-producing farmland and grazing pastures coexist to produce a venerable pastiche of internationally recognized wines, oils, cereals, and produce.”
Regaleali is where Tasca got its start, and today we check out three affordable wines from this idyllic locale.
2017 Tasca Regaleali Bianco Sicilia – A blend of inzolia (47%), grecanico (22%), catarratto (25%), and chardonnay (6%) — the first wine produced under this label. Lemony and herbal, the acidic wine also masks a surprising sweetness, giving the wine various flavors of white flowers, vanilla cookie dough, and a smattering of fresh herbs. The balance feels a bit off, though, with a finish that leans a bit heavily on orange blossoms and honey. B / $15
2018 Tasca Regaleali Le Rose – Made from 100% indigenous nerello mascalese. A subtle orange hue is an introduction to the citrus notes on the nose palate, where orange blossoms, lemon juice, nougat, and a gentle cedar note dominate. Simple stuff, and clearly built with summertime in mind. B / $15
2016 Tasca Regaleali Nero d’Avola Sicilia – Fresh yet dense with flavor, this 100% Nero bottling showcases a delightful balance between fruit and the earth, its nose evoking gunpowder, tree bark, and eucalyptus. The palate dives into a more austere balsamic character, with blackberry and currant notes, pencil lead, and clove notes. Readily approachable, but quite a delight. A- / $15