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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  • 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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  • Vissuto Terre Siciliana Italy Nero D' Avola 2014


    as most connoisseurs seem to trend towards sweetness this makes older varieties like this less palatable but not to me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Motyum Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2013


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

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  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a good chance that you are surfeit with white wine by now. Ultra-hip rosé and orange wines aren’t your only options. Be a true trendsetter and cozy up with a late summer red. Summer calls for diaphanous red wine grapes that allow fresh fruits to shine without the deep, dar... Read More

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  • NBA getting what they wanted tonight, no doubt.Lots of conspiracies about the league (or The Association, as they like to be called) wanting the series to extend, and I really didn't love some of the officiating.  (No foul on Livingston's dunk?  Well, he's come to know how to deal with that.)  I think the league also doesn't change the "Hack-a-w... Read More

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  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola Leggermente Appasite 2014


    Dark plum and blackcurrant fruit with notes of overripe strawberry and tobacco leaf. Richly powerful in the mouth with gripping tannic structure, thick raspberry preserves with seeds and all, dried dates and a note of blueberry on the finish. A thick mouthfeel and loads of acidity and structure with rich fruit makes this a big bold wine. Read More

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  • Ah, research never tasted as good when we were working.  Now it's more of a quest to find the perfect wine for our taste.  Good luck with that.Tonight we held another wine tasting party, this time it was hosted at our friends Sally & Bob's house in Centreville, VA.  I ran the blind tasting activities while Sally and Bob served up the food and ke... Read More

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  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola 2013


    Jammy, raisined and viscous fruit with light acid and a smooth tanninless finish. Read More

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  • Feudo Zirtari Terre Siciliane 2013


    the Nero d' avola being a stronger grape overwhelms the syrah or does the syrah calm down the later? 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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