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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  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, but that Dom. Santa Duc has very little Syrah in it - maybe like 2 or 3%. Grenache is a very different sort of grape - it likes heat and sun and tends not to be particularly tannic, unlike Syrah. I like both grapes quite a bit though, so don't need to choose.Daveindc - you ... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • Liotro Nero d'Avola 2007

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    Wine review by lknuds1


  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Inexpensive, great everyday wine. wonderful on the plate Read More

    Wine review by mafiaos


  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


  • NG, Cork taint happens the moment to cork is put in the bottle. It has nothing to do with provenance so there is absolutely no reason why a winery would not take back a corked bottle regardless of the age on it. Don't ever let the age of a bottle swat you decision on returning it. Be fully aware, though, that you may not get the same vintage in ... Read More

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  • Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Wine review by mamazang


  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that would make for some splendid gifting. I’ve covered Cabernet, Pinot Noir, the wines of France and today I turn my attention towards Italy. Without a doubt my favorite wine producing country; Italy is home to more variety and styles of wine than anyplace else on the planet. As... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Corvo Nero d'Avola 2011

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    I found it very smooth and warm with a hint of dryness will definitely drink again Read More

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  • Italy has a huge number of "native" grape varieties, mostly because they got grapes from the Greeks so long ago and they have had so much time to mutate. The southern part of the country was called Oenotria (or Enotria) by the Greeks--land of the vine.  They thought it would be perfect for wine, but, in another irony, the north has turned out to... Read More

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