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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94
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Planeta 2011 Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola (Noto)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $42

Always one of the finest expressions of Nero d’Avola, this polished, delicious wine opens with enticing aromas of blue flower, dark berry and a whiff of smoky graphite. The smooth, almost creamy palate doles out layers of blackberry, pomegranate, raspberry, white pepper, carob and licorice, while velvety tannins and fresh acidity provide support. Drink through 2021.

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
93
points

Curto 2010 Fontanelle Nero d'Avola (Eloro)

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  1. $29

A medley of pretty aromas, including blue flower, perfumed berry, carob and Mediterranean herb all mingle in the glass. On the smooth, almost creamy palate, savory notes of clove, orange zest, white pepper and licorice add depth to the juicy blackberry core, while polished tannins provide the framework.

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
93
points

Duca di Salaparuta 2009 Duca Enrico Nero d'Avola (Sicilia)

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  1. $70

Credited as the first wine made solely with noble native grape Nero d’Avola, this iconic bottling opens with aromas that recall ripe berry, lightly toasted oak, leather and cooking spice. The firm, structured palate delivers ripe blackberry, juicy wild cherry, licorice, tobacco and savory herb alongside velvety tannins. It’s already tempting but will continue to…

 — K.O.  (4/1/2015)
93
points

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
points

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)
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