Taking in the 2018 Nocera is like sitting on a craggy rock face on the coast of the Mediterranean with a handful of wild strawberries. It’s understated and feminine, speaking more in whispers, the soft textures giving way to pure red fruits backed by salty minerals, inner violet florals and hints of lavender. There’s a twang of residual acids that tugs at the cheeks through the finish as this tapers off with a refreshing feel. The Nocera could even be enjoyed with a slight chill, and it would also make a great complement to any seaside cuisine. Think of this as Sicilia’s answer to cru Beaujolais.
Score: 90 points -- Eric Guido, Vinous, 2021