Tami is made by Arianna Occhipinti in Vittoria Sicily, near the south west coast, across the island from Syracuse. Arianna Occhipinti began leaning about wine when she was a teenager, studied wine making in university, but dropped out because she disagreed with the industrial methods of her professors. Click here to see a great video of her: Arianna on wine farming. She started with 1 hectare of vines that she leased at 21 and slowly, through hard manual work in the vineyards, attention to detail in the winery, and the support of her family and friends became an internationally recognized wine maker known for impeccably balanced and energetic wines made along natural principles. Arianna makes wines both under her own name (Occhipinti) and under the Tami label. Arriana started making the Tami wines after she had already gained fame for her Occhipinti wines. The idea was to make delicious straight forward natural wines that weren't expensive and use the organic grapes from a friend's vineyard to help the local area. As you can see from the video Arriana is a woman with a purpose and is all in. It's impossible not to appreciate her commitment.
Aroma: I smell lots of dark, black cherry, and dried cooked berries in the winter from the Tami. I want to be clear that it doesn't smell over powering or too heavy, but it is very juicy and ripe smelling. The Tami Nero d'Avola smells warm and comforting with all of it's ripe fruit flavors. There is just so much black berry and cherry to the is Nero d'Avola. Hiding behind all that fruit there is also a little woodsey smoky whiff too. The Tami smells ripe and vivid with out crossing the line into candied or stewed; it smells like a lot of delicious fun.
Palate: The Tami Nero has more acidity than the nose lets on. It's a vivid, energetic, refreshing medium bodied red with very clear and elegant tannin. True to Arianna's style this is a focused and pure Nero d'Avola. It opens with those ripe raspberry and pretty well sticks with raspberry flavors right through the whole palate.
Arianna's Tami Nero d'Avola is delicious and a steal at about $19. The only problem is that she doesn't make much (it's labor intensive after all) and even less comes into the country. I snagged the last 10 cases out of NY. Arianna's Tami Nero d'Avola is currently available at Rosemont on Munjoy Hill, Rosemont on Brighton, Rosemont on Commercial St, Maine and Loire, Sawyer's Specialties, and Bow St Market.