Nero d'Avola

Native to Sicily, Nero d’Avola, which translates to “Black of Avola,” produces wines with a dark, robust character. The mix of Sicily’s arid, Mediterranean heat and its large diurnal swings is conducive to creating ripe wines with retained acidity. Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most planted red grape and plays a major role in the island’s only DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Many of the higher end wines have the ability to gain complexity with proper aging, especially those wines that have spent some time in oak. However, for the most part these wines are meant for early consumption, according to our Nero d’Avola Ratings. Quite recently, plantings of Nero d’Avola have been documented in California, such as Mendocino County. For a full list of ratings on these wines be sure to check out our Nero d’Avola Buying Guide.

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COS 2007 Contrada Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

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  1. $85
This expression of Nero d’Avola paints a rosy picture of the future of this indigenous variety and Sicilian winemaking in general. Aged in large casks and cement, this is elegant and fine, with an extremely polished texture. The finish is marked by a note of dried berry fruit, plus warm, earthy tones of leather and dried spice.  — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
93
points

Donnafugata 2006 Mille e Una Notte Nero d'Avola (Contessa Entellina)

  1. $80
One of the best wines made on the beautiful island of Sicily, Donnafugata’s Mille e Una Notte exhibits gorgeous smoothness in the mouth and exceedingly rich aromas of black currants, chocolate, spice and tobacco. Under all that are notes of toasted almond and pistachio that are characteristic of the Nero d’Avola grape.  — M.L.  (3/1/2011)
92
points

Feudo Principi di Butera 2008 Deliella Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

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  1. $90
This vintage of Deliella represents an enormous jump forward in quality and intensity. Nero d’Avola vines grow in chalky soils, create extremely elegant aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, cured meat, toasted pistachio and barbecue spice. In the mouth, the wine is rich, velvety and long lasting.  — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
92
points

Planeta 2007 Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

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  1. $40
A fine wine at an approachable price, Santa Cecilia (a pure expression of Nero d’Avola) is a study in the best of Sicilian winemaking. This ruby-colored red is redolent of mature fruit, blackberry, Mediterranean herbs and toasted pistachio. The wine is firm and structured but soft and generous on the palate.  — M.L.  (4/1/2010)
92
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Feudo Montoni 2003 Vrucara Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32
A wonderfully rich and concentrated Sicilian red that reflects the hard work of Fabio Sireci, who oversees 73 acres and is carefully dedicated to understanding the potential of each one. Shows intense red fruit with tobacco leaf, porcini and soft, chewy tannins. Imported by Selected Estates of Europe Ltd.  — M.L.  (7/1/2006)
92
points

Curto 2009 Fontanelle Nero d'Avola (Eloro)

  1. $29
Here’s a delicious, focused Nero d’Avola that seamlessly weaves together blue flower, tilled soil, exotic incense, blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, carob and subtle oak sensations. The chiseled palate is balanced, with silky tannins. Enjoy now through 2019.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
92
points

Cusumano 2010 Sagana Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

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  1. $35
The Cusumano brothers have been on a winning streak lately with a string of excellent editions of Sàgana—a pure expression of Nero d’Avola. Round and elegant, this has integrated oak tones, backed by notes of red cherry, spice and tobacco. This winery has various vineyard sites across the island.  — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
92
points

Feudo Montoni 2009 Vrucara Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

  1. $45
Vrucara is one of the nicest expressions of Nero d’Avola. It bears a deep, dark color and intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam, leather and spice. The fruit shows the Sicilian sunshine in an elegant way, without feeling heavy or too sweet, and that’s what sets this wine apart.  — M.L.  (3/1/2013)
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