Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition article on Sicily (see blue link below)....
Palari Santo Stefano Briga Faro 2010 - May 2018 Decanter review
Palari Family Proprietor Salvatore Geraci is credited with saving the ancient Faro denomination from extinction with the 1990 revitalization of his grandparent’s estate, originally founded at the turn of the 20th century.
On the hills high above the Strait of Messina, wine production dates back to the 14th century BC and survives today with ancient native varietals with intriguing names. The fruit of low yielding 80+ year-old head-trained vines is hand-harvested from south-east facing, sandy-soiled terraces on steep slopes (78% gradient) at 1,475 feet above sea level, a few miles inland.
These extreme conditions allow for a dramatic swing between warm diurnal and cool nocturnal temperatures, creating an elegant balance between fruit and acidity in the resulting wine. Following temperature controlled fermentation with native yeasts, the wine spends two years in predominantly new barrels of Troncais or Allier oak followed by extended rest of at least 18 months in bottle, unfiltered, before release.
This wine is ruby red in colour, with garnet hues. Aromas of jasmine, cardamom and ripe berries, with hints of spice and vanilla. On the palate the wine is velvety and deep, with complex dark fruit flavors and a Burgundian combination of weight and suppleness.
Palari Faro is well suited for hearty dishes such as roasted red meats, grilled white meats, game and aged cheeses, but can also elegantly compliment fish roasted with Mediterranean herbs and tomatoes.