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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  • Planeta Red Blend Sicilia IGT la Segreta Rosso 2005

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  • Planeta la Segreta Rosso Red Blends 2006

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  • Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2004

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  • Morgante Nero d'Avola Vendemmia Sicilia IGT 2005

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  • Benanti Il Drappo 2004

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    Nero dAvola. Lovely and unique Nero dAvola from Southeast Sicily. Has cedary, tobacco notes not characteristic of Nero dAvola. Finishes with dark, black fruit and elegant tannins. Read More

    Wine review by danpetroski


  • On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two more stops on their "best of" Italian wine road show. On this site, Robert Scibelli blogged about Gambero Rosso's famed Three Glass rating system and how he missed the tasting. He opened quite amusingly with a Yogism (i.e. Yogi Berra's famous one liners) about the New Y... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Three Glass Recap


  • Santa Anastasia Nero d'Avola 2000

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    2006 Read More

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  • Archeo 2003

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  • Despite the fact that white wines are ridiculously easier to pair with cheese than reds, some people still refuse to go walk on the light side even when they break out their cheese board."I don't like white," they say, wrinkling their noses. Well, I often find these people annoying because its quite clear that they just haven't hand the RIGHT wh... Read More

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  • Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Very rich treacly wine with notes of coffee, stewed fruits. Very intense. Basically a beefy food wine, not very fruity, and too overpoweringly dense (not in a good way) for me. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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