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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  • Goose Bump Velvety Red 2010

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    Very smooth and easy to drink red blend. White wine drinkers will find this enjoyable. Not too dry or fruity/sweet but a nice balance. Drinks better in a more slender glass, like a cab or zin, rather than a merlot or pinot glass. Read More

    Wine review by intergraph


  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Nerobufaleffj Nero d'Avola. Gulfi 2008

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    Wine review by ympuga


  • Christmas in Naples is truly worthy of the word abbondanza, or abundance, where preparations for feasting are readied weeks in advance. The kickoff is always Christmas Eve, traditionally known as La Vigilia, or the vigil. In times past, in accordance with church law, this was a day of fast, so only fish dishes appeared.  It is still possible to ... Read More

    From the article Neapolitan Christmas Dishes and Wine Pairings


  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Noa 2011

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    One of my favorites. 40% Nero d'Avola, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has the Nero d'Avola bite but the Merlot and Cab Sav give it a rounder taste. Let breathe for at least 45 minutes. Read More

    Wine review by Ron in Sicily


  • Feudo d'Elimi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Wine review by fandorka


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