2018 Indigenous Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC
Notes of dark black cherry, ripe plum, and black licorice. An exotic medley of juicy dark cherries, fresh flowers, and tobacco, well- !integrated into the body and finishing with persistency and a notable balance.
If you love full-bodied dry reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah then Nero d’Avola is your buddy. There is classically a dark-cherry element to the fruit, but also a pleasing quality of what some call earthiness, some smokiness, and others “dust”; many associate that defining note with the volcanic soil that pervades Sicily. Beautiful quality to the price- great all arounder or the perfect wine to get your new-world friends to jump on the Italian boat.
Though many centuries old, Nero only emerged onto the world stage perhaps three decades ago. Prior to that, it was important, but only as a blending wine; now it is a “hot” monovarietal. Though Sicily may seem a relatively small place, it has quite a few fairly different microclimates, and the better wines from the island (including, of course, Nero) reflect those terroires, so the wines are far from fungible. Nero d'Avola is also the varietal used in Marsala.