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NeroBaronj - 2011


4.20 / 5.0

red still, dry
IGP Terre Siciliane, Italy
Nero d'Avola
1625 UAH
1 bottles
Gulfi NeroBaronj 2011


4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Norton de Andrade Mello Rapesta

The NeroBaronj from Gulfi, now at 13 years old, continues to showcase the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of its maker, reaffirming Gulfi's reputation as a producer deserving of attention. Remarkably, despite its age, this wine retains a vibrant fruitiness and freshness, complemented by refined aromas of tapenade, wet earth, VA, and smoke, which add depth and complexity to its profile. Even with minimal aeration, this wine unfolds its charm, offering a well-balanced, delicious experience. It possesses a long, flavourful, and complex finish, underlining its quality.


The fact that my relations with Sicilian wines are special might be something obvious. But not many people know that it all started with Gulfi stand at the very first Kyiv Wine festival. When we met, I was already tired (e.g. drunk). I almost passed by, disgusted by my own weakness, when a Gulfi representative (apologies, I don't remember her name) stopped me and offered a glass of their wine. I looked at the representative welcoming face. I looked at the naked ass on the label. And I realised there are no reasons to reject this present from Dionysus. And even though I don't remember which wines I tasted exactly, the Gulfi imprint is what I took out of that overly drunk day.

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It is worth mentioning that the naked ass on the label has a meaning. A meaning close enough to what one might think. Meet an ancient mosaic from Villa Romana del Casale located in Piazza Armerina in the province of Enna. This mosaic depicts Eros (Cupid) and Psyche (Beauty). According to the story, out of envy of Venus, they are forced to love each other in secret. But passion rarely goes unnoticed, and in their case, it found a physical manifestation (no puns) in the form of a daughter (no puns, seriously) they called Vulptas (literally meaning 'pleasure'), a goddess of sensual pleasures. And how does it connect to Gulfi? Sicily is Psyche, Gulfi is Eros, and their child is wine, a sensual pleasure.