Nicosia 2010 Nero D’Avola

The Nero D’Avola grape varietal is one of my favorites and I’m particularly fond of Italian wines and the wine label was written entirely in Italian so I couldn’t resist buying it. I was able to translate about half of it as my Italian is limited to the darker side of speech (due to my grandparents always cussing at each other in Italian, hence I got to learn those words quite well) but nonetheless I was able to put the correct proper words from Italian to English. However, if I thought of it I could have used any one of a multitude of apps that would have done the translation easier and probably in a fraction of the time it took me to work it out.

The Nicosia 2010  sells for around $14 and has an ABV of 12.5%, rather low on the red wine scale but very tasty nonetheless. The wine was a dark ruby color with a purpleish rim which on a young wine yielded dark plum, spice, chocolate, and a hint of pepper, but not too peppery on the nose. The palate however exhibited more of a red fruit concoction of red plum, red raspberry, red cherry with nuances of earth notes and pepper accents on the finish.

This was quite an enjoyable wine as we paired this with sausage al forno and it fit perfectly with the acidity of the sauce and the sweetness of the sausage topped with Romano cheese (me), or Parmesan cheese (my better half), or shredded Mozzarella would have also sufficed (next time). Enjoy the wine and the food.

Abbazia Santa Anastasia 2008 Contempo Nero D’Avola

The Abbazia Santa Anastasia website is currently only in Italian verse with English coming soon so you’re on your own there. The winery however is located in Sicilia where the Nero D’Avola grape is grown.

I certainly enjoy Italian wines and the Nero D’Avola is one of my favorites as I’m a bit partial to Italian wines. Well, it’s pretty much what Gramps served to us when were at the dinner table, after all he did get more of the vino when us kids were around as we were the sparkle in our grandmother’s eye. So, I’m presuming he got away with a lot more when us kiddies were present and creating a ruckus.

Anyway, when I opened this wine I found it to be a very dark purplish color with aromas of black currant, ripe cherry, cedar, earth, and stone. this was full-bodied with rich fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum and licorice. The wine was appetizing in its own right but went extremely well with homemade pizza on the Weber grill. At $12.99 for a 750 ml bottle it’s one that will be part of the Witless Whiner’s wine cellar.



Regaleali 2004 Nero D’Avola Tasca D’Almerita

I’m really fond of Italian wines as this is what I grew up on seeing as my Grandfather always imported (or mostly, I should say) grapes from Sicily and Tuscany regions of Italy. He was fond of the Sangiovese grape varietal but he also liked the Nero D’Avola grape varietal too. I can remember watching him go into the cellar and he seemed to have a private corner he paid special attention to. Although the wine bottles never had a label on them he knew what was what and in one particular corner were bottles draped with a canvas bag. This was his Nero D’Avola corner sort of like his own private collection. He always seemed happier when he emerged from the cellar. Well, today I have my own cellar and I can understand why he smiled after being in the basement. I wish I took an earlier interest in wine as Pop could have taught me how to make wine. He was always willing to show you anything you asked.

This 2004 wine had a red ruby color with red cherry, mulberry, raspberry, spice, herbs, sweet balsamic, and almond on the nose. It was a really nice concoction of aromas that blended well. Red berry fruits with an emphasis on black cherry on the palate with hints of spice and earth on the finish. This wine has 13% alcohol and with a $13.99 price tag is a welcome choice for the dinner table any night of the week. I have found this wine goes well with a rare steak or the stand-by classic pasta dish.