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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  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ www.thesampler.co.uk ] for £6.21. Nero d'Avola [the black grape of Avola ] is a grape native to the area around the town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia. It thrives in hot and arid conditions ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the plan is to buy grapes somewhere in California, ship them down, and turn them into wine, it's a shorter distance than sending them to the east coast! And there is indeed a tradition of doing that - it's what was done during Prohibition and I still know some Italians in Be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...


  • Gina Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2010

    Snoothrank:

    a simple table wine, too sweet for this grape... but it's a 10$ wine, so ok ok... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to create a winery in Los Angeles, on the banks of the Los Angeles river, on the edge of what was once the greatest grape growing region in the whole country. I aim to have this winery up and running by harvest 2015. I have made great progress already and will devote much ... Read More

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  • Jennifer - Barbera is always nice to have around. It's one of the more versatile wines IMO, partly because it comes in several iterations.As to your Nerello Mascalese - that would be a good pick. The irony is that it looks a little like Pinot Noir when it grows. It's one of the "native" grapes of Sicily that kind of got rediscovered when the Ner... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • 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

    From the article The "New" California


  • Broc Cellars Nero d'Avola Mendocino 2013

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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