Nero d'Avola
Nero d’Avola is a leading red variety of Sicily. It is produced in numerous locales across the island, with specialized plantings in the southeast, near the town of Noto. It is often bottled on its own, but it also works beautifully when blended with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah. Nero d’Avola has a bright purple color, flavors of black plum and black cherry, and has moderate tannins, making it easily accessible upon release. The finest versions, however, stand the test of time and can drink well for a decade or longer. It pairs well with most red meats, game and aged cheeses.

Nero d’Avola is sometimes seen in the Noto DOC (if the grapes are from that area) or quite often in the Sicilia DOC designation. (Wine/Appellations)