Nero d'Avola Roundup

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Nero d'Avola Roundup Nero d’Avola has been Sicily’s gateway grape for that past several years. Truth is, winemakers are planting Nero d’Avola willy-nilly to try and get in on the bonanza. However not all Nero d’Avola is created equal. The traditional home to Nero d’Avola, or Calabrese as it is also known, has been the provinces of Trapani and Palermo.

At its best, Nero d’Avola is a fresh wine, with floral aromas and deep black cherry and black currant fruit. While much Nero d’Avola is now aged in barrique, the wines have a naturally spicy character and one can find notes of cardamom, sweet tobacco and licorice in a wide variety of wines. In warmer locations and vintages, notes of dried fruit are typical. Nero d’Avola can be expressive in its terroir and it’s not unusual to find soil notes recalling gunpowder or struck flint in some of the finest examples.

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  • Gregory: Got the fortunate chance to have a wonderful dinner with your brother Chris and his wife "E" at James Beard Foundation Monday night featuring a local chef who cut his bicuspids in Alba, Piedmonte. Only features Italian wines in his restaurant, Alba, in Malvern, PA. He has featured Nero d’Avola before which was our first introduction to this full flavored wine. Was quite a coincidence Chris mentioned he had a brother who wrote a wine blog and found out it was Snooth! Small world. Thanks for covering the wines of Sicily, which are not well represented in our part of the world. Tom Wilcox

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

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    ..è no....:-)... Greg how can you miss Nero d'Avola Don Antonio (Morgante)
    Nero d'Avola (Morgante); Ero nero d'Avola (Tenuta di Fessina); and Nero d'Avola Don Totò (Barone la Lumia)......

    Apr 15, 2011 at 1:58 AM

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