Nero d'Avola

Red grapes are sometimes named ‘black’ – like ‘Noir’ in France, ‘Nero’ in Italian – but this Sicilian grape is genuinely inky-black skinned. The rich Mediterranean reds that result compare to Syrah – full-bodied and dark-fruited. But such intense colour and flavour stretches a long way and as Sicily’s flagship Nero produces a staggering quantity of reds that are much lighter and cheaper but somehow never lack character. Such ideal barbeque and pasta wines are increasingly exported but the grape isn’t: aptly named after its beloved Sicilian hometown, Nero d’Avola is one of the world’s more parochial varieties with only 1% produced outside Italy. 

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  1. 2015 Planeta La Segreta Rosso

    2015 Planeta La Segreta Rosso

    90 Points John Caro
    An effortlessly smooth and ripe red from the sun-baked coast of Sicily. From state of the art experts at Planeta wines, this delight is mainly the local Nero d'Avola rounded out by the ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  2. 2015 Planeta Plumbago Nero d'Avola

    2015 Planeta Plumbago Nero d'Avola

    90 Points John Caro
    From the Sicilian grape Nero d'Avola, the Plumbago is a generous and characterful food red. While most Nero can be un-oaked and quite fresh, this one uses fruit from an older vineyard near Lake ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  3. 2015 Planeta Mamertino Rosso

    2015 Planeta Mamertino Rosso

    17.5 Points Jancis Robinson
    An elegant red and a piece of history, grown on Sicily's north-eastern coast. Around Milazzo the rolling hills (which are depicted on the label, round the coast from Messina) bring local red ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  4. 2015 Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli

    2015 Planeta Cerasuolo Dorilli

    92 Points John Caro
    An elegant premium wine from the southern coast of Sicily, near Vittoria. While the cheaper red-labelled Cerasuolo is the standard regional wine, this Dorilli label is a special Cerasuolo di ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  5. 2013 Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto

    2013 Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto

    93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    One of the most subtly powerful and impressive examples of this native Sicilian grape. The Nero d'Avola grape is said to originate in this locally famous town, the Noto DOC. Here Planeta's ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle

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