Name: Purato Nero d’Avola
Variety: 100% Nero d’Avola
Sicily’s number one red grape variety, Nero d’Avola is indigenous to the island. Our Purato Nero d’Avola has a wonderful structure, yet has soft tannins and is very approachable. Packed with red berry fruit flavours, it is ideal with red meat and tomato based pasta sauces.
Honestly this wine reminded me a lot of a classic Tuscan Chianti, which made more sense when I looked at the bottle and realized that it was an Italian wine. The wine was a deep true red color, and its bouquet had scents of cherry, tobacco, cinnamon and black pepper. The pepper, cherry, and tobacco carried into the taste of the wine, but there was also a bit of vanilla. The wine wasn’t quite balanced, because the tannins were very harsh. I think either aging it longer or decanting it might have helped. But, since I had it with food there was a little something extra to cut the tannic component of the wine.
I drank this wine with a lasagna and it paired very well. I agree with the winemaker that the tomato based foods are very nice with this wine.