Wine Defined – Nero d’Avola

Nero d’Avola is one of the best and most widely planted red grape varieties out of Sicily. The island’s geography is mountainous with poor soils, low rainfall and hot summers.  These conditions tend to produce a wine that is very fruity with higher alcohol levels and typical high tannins.

Depending on how it’s made, Nero d’Avola can be a dense, dark tannic wine that is suitable for aging, or young, fruity and fresh for immediate consumption. In the past, this hardy grape was frequently used to add color and body to lesser wines.

When it’s grown at higher elevations where the climate is cooler, the wine is capable of making a rich, long-lived, full bodied wine with medium acidity.

Younger wines remind me of Italian plums and juicy red berry flavors, while wines with more age show chocolate and dark raspberry flavors. The nice part about these wines is the alcohol levels are restricted by law.

I’ve saved the best part for last, the wines typically sell for around $7 -11. Enjoy!