Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Riserva Sicilia IGT 2000

This Nero d’Avola Riserva, named after the estate’s owner Don Antonio, is made entirely from the finest Nero d’Avola grapes from the oldest estate vineyards. These vineyards were planted in 1970 and 1975 at 1,500/1,600 feet above sea level and produce only 1.6 tons per acre. The juice macerates with the skins for 20-22 days. After fermentation, the wine is matured in new Allier barriques for 12 months and in bottle for six months.

Tasting Notes

Don Antonio is a rich wine that offers voluptuous aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry, black plum, and wild flowers, followed by spicy notes of chocolate, black pepper and cinnamon. It is a silky yet muscular red, with a lush fruit texture beautifully

Food Pairing

Don Antonio is a great match with hearty fare such as roasted or grilled pork chops, roast beef, barbecued ribs and medium-aged cheeses.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Various estate vineyards in Grotte, Racalmuto and Favara
Vineyard size
75 acres
Soil composition
Limestone and clay
Training method
Guyot
Elevation
1,640 feet
Vines/acre
3,500
Yield/acre
1.2 tons
Exposure
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1970; 1975
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
1994
Bottles produced of this wine
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Nero d'Avola
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temperature
77-84 °F
Maceration length
20-22
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak: Allier
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.6
Acidity
5.2 g/L
Dry extract
36 g/L

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