Full Review

La Bella Sud

La Bella Sud
2016 Nero d’Avola, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork

Category: Nero d’Avola

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$25

La Bella Sud
2016 Nero d’Avola, Terra Siciliane IGT

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pork

Category: Nero d’Avola

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Brilliant dark dark garnet color. Candied aromas of bubblegum, pear drops, thyme, and honey-vanilla-almond frozen yogurt with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed cocoa powder and char-roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. An everyday Nero d’Avola with a hugely fruity style; zinfandel fans need apply.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: bubblegum, pear drops, thyme, and honey-vanilla-almond frozen yogurt
Taste Flavor: cocoa powder and char-roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Piccata, Chicken Vesuvio, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An everyday Nero d'Avola with a hugely fruity style; zinfandel fans need apply.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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Nero dAvola

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
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.