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Nero d'Avola

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The Nero d'Avola can be considered the red grape variety most typical and representative of Sicily. The synonym Calabrese is a Italianization the dialect name, "Calaurisi", which literally means "grape (drop) of Avola (aurisi)". In one form as in the other, the constant reference to the town of Avola, municipality in the province of Syracuse, indicates the selection of the variety by the farmers in that area. From there it spread to other towns in the Val di Noto, Ragusa and Caltagirone in, and only recently in Sicily. The vineyards most suitable when grown using traditional techniques affinatesi (sic) in history to face the torrid climate of the area without irrigation, can have the greatest red wines for aging. The aromatic expression, centered on the richness of ripe dark fruit, reveals its mark more authentic with the notes of the organ and sun-dried tomatoes, linked by a broad Mediterranean brackish. Corresponds to a thick, sweet mouth, covered by a lively acidity that always ends with a tasty grip, particularly long lasting.
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