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Colpasso Nero d’Avola 2012


Soft, jammy fruit finishing with velvety raisin and spice elements, this is a great value and a versatile companion at the table.

Winery: There is not a lot of available information on this Nero d’Avola. It was imported by Summit Selections, a New York importer and distributor that focuses on “discovering independent wine producers from emerging and established regions with an emphasis on organic and sustainable wine making practices”. Additionally, according to Tesco Wine, it was produced by TWP [The Wine People], a wine company founded in 2009 by winemaker Stefano Girelli, along with Philippe Marx and Peter Kosten. The company “takes a holistic approach: we develop the production, packaging, marketing and sales of each of our wines. We are in complete control of the entire production process, starting with careful management of the grapes, and meticulous winemaking by our own highly talented winemaker.”

Winemaking: Made using the ‘Ripasso’ method where a portion of the grapes are picked early and dried in order to have a more intense, concentrated flavour. The back label states “Colpasso is a new way of producing Nero d’Avola. A small percentage of the wine from the sun dried grapes is added to the blend”.

Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry, along with hints of smoky earth and vanilla. Jammy black cherry and blackberry flavours merged into a velvety finish of smooth tannins, sweet raisin, spicy pink peppercorn and hints of caramel.

Pairing: Roasts, red meat, game and mature cheese [from the label].

Nero d’Avola [I could not confirm varietal percentage.]
IGP [Terre Siciliane]
Bottled by VI-MI-Verolanuova
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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