Nero d'Avola

 

Name of varietal: Nero d’Avola
 
Common synonyms: Calabrese, le vin medecine
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Sicily, Italy
 
History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was first identified. It’s been grown and produced for centuries. But besides local consumption, it was not widely known outside of Italy for a long time, as it was mostly exported to France to bulk out lighter red wines (they call it “le vin medicine”). It was largely ignored in the 1980’s, but has recently made a big comeback in worthy varietal releases, and is now considered the main local red grape of Sicily. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: dark, full-bodied, rich, velvety, black currant, blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, black pepper, clove
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Sicily
 
Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry Read more »

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  • Itynera Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Deep ruby color. Full bodied wine with a hint of tobacco in the nose and aftertaste, with dark chocolate in it as well. Very persistent finnish. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Organic Nero d'Avola From Sicily 2010

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    smooth red with hints of fruit flavor. rating should be 5 glasses, but it would only allow me to rate it 4.5 glasses. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Piccini Memoro Italia Vino Rosso d'Italia NV

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2015

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    Toasted vanilla notes of dark blackberry jam on the nose with floral violet accents and a fair bit of spice. This is dry, austere and concentrated on the palate, with raisiny notes of dark plum, fit and blackberry and a tart finish of drying tannin and smoky espresso. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terramore Organic Nero d'Avola

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    Same, Total Wine bottle. First time I have a bottle marked as "Organic". This Italian grape is usually a bit tart and it's just 1 year old wine, so I would say this is expected, and this is what i like about it! velvety dark berries nose with cane sugar. same dark berries with maple in flavor. short wild cherry aftertaste with very little vanill... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Colosi Terre Siciliane Dry 2014

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. It was the 2nd of a two bottle night and it absolutely won this tasting hands down. Evidently most wine made from the Nero d'Avola grape and I are kindred spirits.I have rarely had an average bottle, plus it is easy on the wallet. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been great, but he makes it sound trop bon.I think if you are buying Napa Cabs from Uppercut, Buehler, et al, you might also consider Alexander Valley Vineyards.  In any case, I'm much preferring the 2013s to the '12s.  But I can't buy a case of any of them, because somehow I can't d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price point lately, with neighbors looking to me for advice, and I did hear BLM's call recently as well.So two regions came to mind, not only for reasonable pricing, but for good overall quality potential. The Languedoc in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soi... Read More

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  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey that was undercooked and covered with an insipid gravy, together with some potstickers that were boiled in broth, not cooked on a castiron skillet or steamed, which is just fine. Unfortunately with some bottled sesame salad dressing poured over it. Have to respect the hospi... Read More

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  • RC - Tell me more about your favorite Chilean and Argentinian wines.  We've tried several, but mostly the low dollar ones.  EM - Mole sauce?  Ok, I guess I've had it before but I didn't know that what it was.  I'm not a cook, as you know. Yesterday we were able to have lunch at Seasons 52 again - they've been closed for about 3 months due to a f... Read More

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  • Very common sicilian grape. Nice heavy fruity flavor, a great wine for first time wine drinkers. The Mt. Entea vineyards all produce a Mt. Entea Rosso strain of Nero d'Avola which is superb. Living amongst the sicilians, I've found some great local vineyards that have some Nero d'Avola table wines which you can pick up in 5 litre amounts for und...

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