OT: Regaleali Nero d’Avola di Tasca d’Almerita (2013)

20151114_215743 I had the chance recently of tasting an Italian wine that was unknown to me and I really enjoyed it. As a curiosity, it can be mentioned it’s made predominantly with an autonomous grape called Nero d’Avola.

  • Winery: Tasca d’Almerita Via dei Fiori, 13 – 90129 Palermo
  • Phone: + 39 091 645 9711
  • Winemaker: Carlo Ferrini and Anna Tasca Lanza
  • Website: tascadalmerita.it/en/
  • Brand: Regaleali
  • Appellation: Red – Sicilia I.G.T.
  • Type: Young Red Wine aged for six months, fifty percent in stainless steel tanks, the remainder in large Slovenian oak casks, 30 and 60 hl. in size, plus 3 months in bottles.
  • Vintage:  2013
  • Alcohol: 13.50%
  • Grape Variety: Nero d’Avola predominantly (aka Calabrese).
  • Vineyards: From various estate vineyards located between 1,485 and 2,500 feet above sea level. The vines are over 60 years-old. 
  • Soil Type: Clay and Sandy-Loam
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: Don’t know the price in the restaurant but I believe is available in Spain at around € 10.70.
  • My wine rating: 90/100 (A wine of very good to excellent quality) NEW!

20151114_215828 Regaleali is a vast Sicilian estate owned by the noble Tasca d’Almerita family since 1837 and best-known for its fine wines. Sicily’s viticultural roots are some of the world’s most ancient as the area supported vines as far back as five centuries before Christ. The Tasca D’Almerita family runs a model estate that yields approximately 200,000 cases annually. The wines are made in one of the world’s most modern wineries built under the direction of Ezio Rivella.

Nero d’Avola has long been the indigenous grape variety of the area, but was originally relegated as a blending agent to add colour and body to other wines of the region. In the past few decades, Nero d’Avola has come into its own, bringing Sicily well-deserved winemaking recognition. Also known as Calabrese, Nero d’Avola has become the most popular grape grown in Sicily, making wines from 100% of the variety rather than blended. Its wines are dark in colour, big in fruit flavours, well-suited for oak and able to age for quite a few years, although most are good drinking upon release too.

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