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Sicilia IGP Nero d’Avola ‘Schietto’

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Tasting Notes

‘Schietto’ is a line of single-varietal wines. The word means ‘sincere, straightforward’ and Francesco Spadafora aims at bringing through the best possible representation of each varietal.

Nero d’Avola ‘Schietto’ is a reserve bottling made with 100% certified organic grapes. Vinified in cement vats, only 50% of the wine sees large oak barrels for 12 months, the rest ages in stainless steel. Rich, ruby red in color. The bouquet opens with wild berries, with enveloping and penetrating aromatic persistence. The mouthfeel is thick and opulent. A bold wine that is best served with meat dishes, roasts and non-spicy cheese.

2010 Vintage rated 90 points Wine Spectator and 90 points Wine Advocate

2011 Vintage rated 91 points Wine Spectator, 90 points Vinous, 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Winery

Spadafora

Region

Sicilia

Varietal

100% Nero d'Avola

Location of Vineyards

Contrada Virzi, Monreale, Palermo

Orientation

South

Altitude

220 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Certified organic

Soil

Sandy-clay

Type of Cultivation

Simple guyot, 5,000 plants per hectare

Vinification

Vinified in cement vats. Spontaneous fermentation, maceration for approximately 18 days. Fermentation temperatures range between 20 and 25C (68-77F)

Aging

Aged for 12 months, 50% in big 250L wooden barrels and 50% in steel vats, then 12 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content

14%

Total Production

15,000 bottles

Oenologist

Francesco Spadafora