I’ve written in the past about the Colosi Rosso,  a blend of mostly Nero d’Avola among others.  At $8, it’s a steal.   Today’s topic is the Rosso’s big brother; Colosi’s 100% Nero d’Avola.
Nero d’Avola, “The Black One from Avola” is named after the Southern Siclian city, Avola, near where the grape variety is thought to have originated.  Although not related, the grape bears some resemblance to Syrah as it often lends complex plum, smoke, pepper and meat flavors to the wines it creates.
The 2011 Colosi Nero d’Avola is a bright medium purple with violet reflections.  A slight fuchsia rim dances like the rings of Saturn.  The nose is inviting, with berry, smoke, and leather notes combining nicely.  There’s a satisfying rusticity to this wine. On the palate, there’s bright berry fruit, accented with black olive, Mediterranean herbs, and smoke. The flavors are fresh and not over done.  Solid value here and a good accompaniment to “peasant” fare.  We enjoyed with nothing more than sauteed escarole and eggplant.  Solid value.  90 points, about $11.

2011 Colosi Nero d’Avola – Rustic & Delicious
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