Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola

Villa PozziThere are grapes we all recognize: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc. Then there are grapes that may not be at all familiar. Many have never heard of Nero D’Avola, so let me introduce you.

Nero D’Avola translated means “Black of Avola,” referring to the color of the grape and the town in Sicily where it is said to have originated. It is the most widely planted Sicilian grape, similar in taste to Syrah, and for centuries was only used to blend with other grapes. For many years the reputation of Sicilian wines was bad; it wasn’t until the turn of the century that they stopped fermenting wines in underground clay pots! But all that is changed now, and Sicilian wines are not only top-notch, but amazingly affordable, and Nero D’Avola is leading the way.

The Villa Pozzi is the most popular Nero D’Avola sold in the United States. When you open the 2013 you’ll notice cranberry aromas with a hint of raisin. It’s a medium-bodied red, slightly acidic, and definitely spritzy at first. After it warms up you’ll taste smooth flavors of cherry, almost a cherry cola taste, more tart than sweet. At around $10 this is an excellent value.

3.5-corksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, the 2013 Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola gets 3.5 corks!

If you’d like to try interesting wines like this at our next Wine Wednesday Tasting Party at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, click here to win a spot on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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