I’m absolutely obsessed with Nero d’Avola. A few years back my friend Anna [an amazing sommelier and one of the owners of Allegro Ristorante in Bennington, VT] introduced me to the delectable scrumptiousness of this hearty grape. It’s difficult for me to understand why such an easy-drinking yet spunky grape, often compared to Syrah, is generally so neglected; most wine stores only have a couple of bottles of it on the shelf.
As I was putting the finishing touches on my Irish cheddar and all the other cheeses I had in the fridge mac n cheese, the deep garnet in the glass beckoned to me. I was welcomed with the fragrance of thyme and soft herbaceous lemongrass. The black current fruit flavours rounded out into an earthy lushness. Rustic tobacco and the smallest hint of chocolate plumped up the medium body. The clean, fresh finish lingered on with just the proper bit of dryness. The remarkable freshness comes in part from the fact that it was aged in steel, rather than oak, and was intended to be enjoyed young. As I poured successive glasses, the wine flourished with subtle blackberry and a meandering herbiness; its thirst-quenching smoothness convinced me that it was best to just go ahead and finish the bottle.
100% Nero d’Avola
Enjoy now thru 2013