- Firriato Chiaramonte Nero d'Avola 2010 Product #26044 (In Stock)
This juicy, black-fruited, slightly modern take on Sicily’s Nero d’Avola grape was one of our top selling Italian reds for four or five years, but it disappeared from the local market in late 2009. Now budding importer Maurizio Farro has brought it back and we’ve been reminded just how much it was missed!
The grape is Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s best-known red varietal and one that’s prone to making rustic, pruny, wines that lack a little freshness. Not here! Winemaker Giuseppe Pellegrino picks his fruit ripe but not over-ripe, gives it a cool fermentation and then ages a portion of the young wine for 6 months in mostly used barrels. The result is a lithe and fresh Nero d’Avola, full of dark black cherry and black plum fruit, hints of licorice root and spice, and a zingy squirt of citrusy acidity. It’s a fun wine to just sip on (takes a chill nicely), but really sings with backyard cookout food or pasta with roasted tomatoes. Very fine value.