Nero d'Avola etichetta viola

Nero d'Avola etichetta viola

Colour: ruby red.
Bouquet: wild berries, enveloping and penetrating, aromatic persistence.
Taste: soft tannins.


Grilled meat and fish, mild cheese.


Varietal: Nero d'Avola 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: South.

Altitude: 220 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 2004

Harvest: September

Yield: 70 hl/hectare

Vinification and ageing: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, in cement vats. Up to 8 days of temperature controlled maceration.

Ageing: 12 months in cement vats, 4 months in bottles.

Capacity: 75 cl.

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I consider this the younger brother of the Catarratto, not in any negative sense, but because it arrived recently and those who know me might perhaps be surprised that I decided to produce and market a Nero d'Avola only now, just when this variety has lost the lustre of its best days.

The reason is that for a few years I have been looking for the right plot and the exposure in the 180 acres of the estate for the Nero d'Avola to reach its highest potential here in Virzi, and it seems that we have finally succeeded. We will produce two versions of it, the first is this Nero d'Avola, and there will be another in the Schietto range.

This is produced in concrete vats. It has been included in the first line, and therefore the same things written for the white apply here, namely that the commitment to processing these grapes and producing this wine is equal to, if not greater than, that for the other wines, which perhaps cost more. The reason is simply that this is the bottle of red wine which will probably be drunk by the most people.

  • Wine Spectator - Alhambra Nero d'Avola 2013 - 88 Points
  • Wine Spectator magazine (October 31, 2014) - Alhambra Nero d'Avola 2011 - 86 Points
  • Review by Monica Larner #, #212 (May 2014) - Alhambra Nero d'Avola 2012 - Rating: 87
  • Wine Enthusiast 03-2013 - Alhambra rosso 2010 - 85 Points