Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Nero d’Avola 2011

 

My sister brought over Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Nero d’Avola 2011 the other night as she knows how much I adore Nero d’Avola. Straightforward and juicy or intense and complex, it is a versatile, engaging grape that brings character to any meal. The Rapitala estate [meaning Beautiful Garden of God] is located in northwest Sicily between the towns of Camporeale and Alcamo. The family estate was founded in 1968 by French Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi Guarrasi. They renovated the cellars and the vineyards which had been destroyed in an earthquake the previous year, and introduced French varietals. Today the estate is run by their son Laurent, who carries on with the family’s passion to “craft wines that exhibit the bold flavors and Mediterranean aromas intrinsic to the Sicilian terroir”.

Dark ruby in colour, after decanting aromas of cherry, clove and warm oak swirled about in the glass. Bright red current and strawberry flavours were underscored by earthy dense raisin elements in the medium body. Spicy pink peppercorn, smooth chocolate and baking spices comprised the brief, rich finish. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a wonderful value and fantastic at the table.

 

100% Nero d’Avola
Sicily
Italy
Bottled by Tenuta Rapitala S.P.A. in the own cellars of Camporeale
13.5% Alcohol
$10
Enjoy now thru 2014

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