Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Riserva Sicilia IGT 2011

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Although the Morgante family has been growing quality grapes for nearly 40 years in Sicily, the production and sale of wine under their own label is a relatively recent venture. However, Don Antonio, named after the estate's owner, was an immediate success in the market.  This hearty red is made from the finest Nero d’Avola grapes grown in the estate's oldest vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Don Antonio offers layered aromas of ripe black cherries, raspberries, and wildflowers, followed by spicy notes of chocolate, black pepper, and cinnamon.  It is a silky yet muscular red, with lush fruit flavors beautifully integrated into a velvety texture defined by ripe, fine-grained tannins.

Food Pairing

Don Antonio is a great match for grilled pork chops, roasted beef, barbecued ribs, and rodizio.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Contrada Palo Gentile
Vineyard size:
25 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous and Clay
Training method:
Guyot
Elevation:
1,485-1,815 feet
Vines/acre:
1,400
Yield/acre:
2.0 tons
Exposure:
Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1986
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1998
Bottles produced of this wine:
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Nero d'Avola
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
18 days
Fermentation temperature:
81 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
18 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French: Allier and Tronçais
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
15.0 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
3.0 g/L
Acidity:
6.7 g/L
Dry extract:
38.0 g/L

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