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Cantine Colosi
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane IGP

Nero d’Avola is “the most important red wine grape in Sicily, and is one of Italy’s most important indigenous varieties. It is named after Avola, a town in the far south of Sicily and its wines are compared to New World Shiraz, with sweet tannins and plum or peppery flavors. At times, it is also called Calabrese  or “from Calabria” which appears to be an Italianisation of Calaurisi, a ­Sicilian dialect word meaning grape of Avola. “The Black Grape of Avola” seems to have been selected by growers near Avola several hundred years ago. Initially it was confined to the southern tip of Sicily, but more recently has spread throughout the island. Its percentage is uncertain, though for sure there are no significant plantings outside of Sicily.

Owner: Colosi Family
Website: www.cantinecolosi.it
Winemaker: Piero Colosi
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Nero d'Avola

Orientation: North east
Elevation: 750 ft
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Soil: Calcareous and sandy

Maceration on the skins for 10 days, total alcoholic fermentation for 18 days at ­controlled temperature of 64-66°F in stainless steel

Aging Process
6 months in stainless steel of 50 Hl, 3 months in the bottle before the release

Tasting Notes
Color: Dark ruby red
Bouquet: The bouquet on the nose is intense and typical with hints of dark cherries and blackberries together with more complex aromas of wet leather, black olive and Indian ink in the background
Flavor: On the palate it is dry, rich, full bodied, with a refreshing, long and fruity finish
Pairings: Perfect with red meats, pasta with tomato sauce and aged cheeses

Alcohol Content: 14%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 350,000 bts