Cusumano Nero D'Avola
Cusumano Winery is spearheaded by two brothers whose value of artistic excellence and passion for meticulous detail, have driven them to create a bright explosion of modern, innovative and dynamic wines. The two brothers run the operations closely with their father, Francesco Cusumano, and craft the wines with expert winemaker Mario Ronco. The wines are all estate grown and the family owns and operates more than 1,000 acres of vineyards located in different areas around Sicily. Nero d’Avola grapes are manually selected in the rich, white soil vineyards of San Giacomo, which produces a refreshing fruit-forward wine that pairs perfectly with meat-based meals.
A deep ruby red, with violet reflections in the glass. This wine displays fresh aromas of red and black berries. Well-rounded with firm tannins, this Nero d'Avola entices the palate with jammy ripe fruit followed by a wave of black spices.
James Suckling 90 points
James Suckling - "A clean, bright Nero D’Avola with crushed-blueberry, lemon-rind and mineral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, savory and delicious. Glass top closure. Drink now."
Wine Spectator 87 points (Jun 30 2015)
A balanced red, with a smoky undertow, this shows ripe plum and blackberry fruit in a light- to medium-bodied package, accented by hints of grilled herb and olive. Chewy finish. Drink now through 2018.
The Variety Nero D’Avola
It is "the most important red wine grape in Sicily" and is one of Italy's most important indigenous varieties. It is named after Avola in the far south of Sicily and its wines are compared to New World Shirazes, with sweet tannins and plum or peppery flavors
"The Black Grape of Avola" appears to have been selected by growers near Avola several hundred years ago. Initially, it was confined to the southern tip of the island but more recently has spread throughout the island.
The vine likes hot and arid climates. The districts around Noto (above all Buonivini) and Pachino in the south of the province of Siracusa are reputed for the quality of their Nero d'Avola wines. The first American producer of Nero d'Avola is Chiarito Vineyards in Ukiah, California (Mendocino County). Nero d'Avola is also cultivated in Australia and Turkey.
Color: cherry or ruby red. Perfume: typical, winy, fruity, strongly reminiscent of blackberries. Flavor: dry, slightly acid, rounded, warm and full-bodied.