I mean really, Pinot Noir in Sicily? Yes I know they have mountains and all, but still, think of the sunshine.
But then, looking at their web page, they really are very high up, and it says it's a Vineyard of Cold Terrain, so that's all right then.
And the wine, Maurigi Terre di Ottavia Pinot Noir 02, is indeed excellent. Clean fresh raspberry juice, which still smells faintly of the flinty earth it comes from, and laced with aromas of the sweet oak which has held it for two years. At five years old it remains rather sharp, but in a way which nicely complements a dish of garlicky beans in olive oil. Excellent, 4+.