I adore Nero d’Avola with its rustic earth, fruit and spicy pepper flavours, it is truly one of Italy’s greatest indigenous grapes. Wine shops tend to carry a limited selection of it, so it’s a variety that I am always seeking out, particularly when I’m ordering from my favourite wine shops in NYC. Centopassi Argille di Tagghia Via Nero d’Avola 2011 was one of those finds and was kindly delivered to my doorstep. Centopassi [meaning “one-hundred steps” and refers to a distance to cover and a story to tell] is the merger of 3 social cooperatives in the Upper Belice Corleonese region in Sicily. The land had formerly belonged to the “Cosa Nostra” and was entrusted to the cooperatives by the Consorzio di Comuni Sviluppo e Lagalità. The cooperatives are members of Libera, an association that stands against the mafia. Today the cooperative consists of more than 400 hectares, 90 of which are vineyards. Each wine is produced from a single grapevine in a single vineyard allowing it to display its individual character, and is dedicated to people who gave their lives for the “struggle to reclaim” the land. All organic methods are used in the vineyards, and no animal derivatives are used in the filtering process, so it is suitable for vegans. The grapes for this Nero d’Avola were sourced from a vineyard in Saladino at an altitude of over 600 metres, and the wine is dedicated to the memory of Peppino Impastato.
Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of cherry, fresh herbs and earthy tree bark rose from the glass. Cherry and blackberry flavours joined tobacco elements and silky smooth black tea tannins in the medium to full body. Spicy pink peppercorn was rounded out by dense raisin and black cherry notes in the moderate finish. Fruity and earthy, this is an easy drinking, engaging glass at the table.
100% Nero d’Avola
Bottled by Libera Terra Mediterraneo Società Consortile s.r.l., Corleone
Enjoy now thru 2014