As I mentioned yesterday, for Wine Blogging Wednesday #37, Dr.Vino suggested that We Go Native.
By that he suggested we pick (not literally) grapes that belong to a specific region.
For those interested, Wines from Spain offers a Detailed List of varietals grown...in Spain.
I did stick with Southern Europe.
I went deep down south and set my sights on a grape varietal unique to Sicily, Nero d'Avola.
My specific choice is the Morgante, Nero D' Avola (2005).
Grapes are handpicked, then macerate for 18 days with their skins on. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks then the wine is aged for 4 months in small French Barriques.
The vineyard's elevation (1500 feet above sea level) might have something to do with its ruby red robe, full character and soft tannins.
Some compare Nero d'Avola to Australian Shiraz. Maybe because of the earthiness and spiciness of this Sicilian wine?
In any case Sante!
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