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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Nero d'Avola on Snooth

  • Vendemmia Memorie Vino Rosata Fondo Antico 2007

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    Gorgeous salmon color. Creamy but light mouthfeel. Strong olive notes on both nose and palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Feudi del Pisciotto Versace Nero d'Avola 2009

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    Melhor nero davola ever. Read More

    Wine review by SergioL


  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

    From the article Project Zin 2013


  • Sikelia Sicily Nero d'Avola 2010

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    Blackberry...a bit acidic on initial attack, but one night in the fridge mellowed it out a bit. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Sensi Collezione Nero d'Avola 2009

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    Nice little everyday table wine at a reasonable price Read More

    Wine review by sailor bill


  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Project Zin 2013 (Year 3)


  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2012

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    The wine itself is somewhat lighter in color than many heavier red wines, but it presents a lovely nose of blackberry, tart cherry, rich leather, dried spices and an interesting twang. The taste was surprising, I was expecting it to be rather tart based on the nose, but rather it was very smooth with tastes of sweet berries, plum and a bit of f... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • to EMARK:  Prosecco is a fun, bubbly sipper too. Most Prosecco have good fresh fruit flavors.  Franciacorta has that as well but has some serious creaminess or richness, and also some of the more complex flavors of Champagne.  It is fun to learn about Italian wines - there are so many good ones.  And Aglianico is adventurous - cheers to you!  Th... Read More

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  • Terre Nero d'Avola 2010

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    Wine review by MetteinCoMo


  • Lee, a quick web search leads me to believe that Terre Di Zagara is a Sicilian maker.  I see references to a sweet white wine made from Moscato and a dry red wine made from Nero d'Avola. You might want to take another shot at adding a picture to this conversation.  Others might be able to give more info. The Wine-Searcher site seemed to point to... Read More

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