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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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  • Thought this was an interesting mailer I'd share with you all. Already forwarded the e-mail to Fox as he is one of the few champions of Dolcetto that I know. This would also fit in well with the "weekday wines" thread. Fox and I agreeing it's a good week day pasta night wine, or even a 1st wine in a flight of Northern Italian Reds. To all Best W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of course, all that is true but today we are seeing that free spirited attitude change the paradigm for wine production. Some might say that we are witnessing a return to a different style of wine. Fresher, lower in alcohol and having more in common with wines produced se... Read More

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  • Broc Cellars Nero d'Avola Mendocino 2013

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    tank sample out of foudre Reduced on the nose. Classic black cherry pops on the palate which is bright, fairly rich and juicy with great acids, This is all about potential today and already show great juicy black cherry fruit so it will be interesting to see what sort of complexity this develops. From a vineyard directly west of Sonoma, east of ... Read More

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  • Jen - there are a few wineries down there. Calahan (sp?) is one of the better-known, but there are others. They've planted Tempranillo, Syrah, and many other better-known grapes.They have, or they had, a real problem with Pierce's disease, and that's one thing that's kept Arizona from being a better-known wine making state. But let us know what ... Read More

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  • Hoping that some of you might be able to help me out. I'm going down to AZ for vacation next week. I'm really only broadly planning which areas to go to now, and I really want to nail down some plans so I can have some idea of what we're doing! I know that there is some wine tourism in Arizona. Do you guys know anything about the wines or wineri... Read More

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  • Regaleali Rosso Sicilia IGT 2011

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    No written review

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  • Solea Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Bright ruby red and a floral nose. Earthy with hints of cherry and licorice . Spicy finish that lingers. Very enjoyable . Read More

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