The tiny 2.5ha wine property of Giovanni Scarfone, located at Faro Superiore, near Messina, on the north-eastern corner of Sicily, was born only in 2006, once Giovanni had returned from his ‘agraria’ studies in Bologna. The wine from his Nerello and Nocera grapes, grown on marne soils is now macerated for up to 40 days in a combination of large slavonian wooden ‘tini’ and stainless steel.
A blend of 70% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio and 10% Nocera, the 2015 Faro Superiore is a mid-weight red with a beautifully polished and immediate personality. This streamlined wine offers an almost Burgundian approach with delicate layers of red currant, cherry and rose petal. However, those distinctively Sicilian aromas of scorched earth and black olive also appear. The wine is lively and fresh. It is aged in both oak and stainless steel. Some 8,000 bottles were released.[92 Points, Monica Larner – December 2018, robertparker.com]