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2013 Eloro Nero d'Avola “Sciavè”


2013 Eloro Nero d'Avola “Sciavè” Riofavara - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant



Nero d’Avola is a grape variety that requires the right site and a talented vignaiolo to bring out its best qualities. In its home of southeast Sicily—not far from the town of Avola itself—it finds a natural affinity to the chalk soils of the Val di Noto. In spite of the hot, arid climate, the vines resist falling victim to drought thanks to the subterranean water reserves in the limestone. Organic farming is crucial to tapping into these natural riches, as it forces the roots to probe deep for resources. A long-time champion of organic viticulture, Massimo Padova of Riofavara has found the right formula for crafting uncommonly refreshing wines here. As the name suggests, his Nero d’Avola is truly black, densely loaded with wild fruit and spice. But fear not—with chalky tannins and a lively finish, this rosso Siciliano is utterly drinkable. –Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2013
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Nero d’Avola
  • Appellation Eloro
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • Vineyard 43 years, 19 years; 3.3 ha
  • Soil Limestone, Clay, Marl
  • Winemaker Massimo Padova
  • Aging Fourteen months of élevage: (1/3 new barriques, 1/3 second passage barriques, 1/3 split between third passage barriques and stainless steel)
  • Farming Organic
  • Alcohol 14%

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