A fresh and appealing red wine, with good structure and persistence. On the nose revels intense notes of red fruit on a background of spices and mineral notes.
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Type: Red - Nero d'Avola Igt Sicilia
Alcohol level: 13,5% vol.
Grapes: Nero d'Avola 100%
Trained in the counter-espalier system and pruned in spurred cordon. Average planting density, 5,000 rootstocks per hectare (2,204 an acre), production of about 8.5 tons per hectare (3.78 tons an acre). Terrain of medium consistency.
Vinification: The grapes, harvested in September, are vinified in stainless steel with skin contact of about 10 days at a temperature of 26-30° C. (79-86° F.). Following malolactic fermentation, the wine is matured for about nine months in oak barrels used twice and then fined in the bottle for a further three months.
Description: The ruby-red color is rounded out by extremely lively garnet reflections. The impact on the nose is intense with sensations of tobacco and spices as well as mineral notes. In the mouth, the wine is balanced with flavors of red fruit, principally blackberries and cherries. The finish is remarkably persistent.
Food matches: Combine with introductory dishes with meat sauces, elaborate baked pasta dishes and red meats. Try the wine with lightly cooked fresh tuna.
Three dishes: Tonno con polenta (tuna with cornmeal mush). Cannelloni ai pistilli di zafferano farciti al fegato grasso (pasta tubes flavored with saffron and stuffed with foie gras). "Farsu magru" the traditional meal roll stuffed with eggs, ham, cheese and herbs).
Serve: In goblets of medium size; uncorked at the time of serving; excellent at 16-18° C. (61-64° F.).