Nero D'Avola, 2019. Caruso and Minini

Nero D'Avola, 2019. Caruso and Minini

Item #: U0922R1
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Nero D'Avola
Vineyard/Appellation: Sicilia DOC
Color: Deep Purple
Nose: Licorice, Black Plum
Palate: Enveloping Blackberry
Finish: Long & Intense
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Red Meat, Game/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The estate is in Sicily's western-most coast near the town of Marsala. Caruso & Minini's history goes back to the late 1800's when Antonio Caruso bought the company for its vineyards to supply grapes for his own Marsala winery. It existed through subsequent generations until Nino Caruso decided to begin making and bottling his own wine in the mid 1900's.

In 2004, Stefano Caruso joined forces with Mario Minini of Lombardy to launch the present-day winery, producing wines from indigenous Sicilian varietals such as Catarratto, Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Inzolia, and Nerello Mascalese. Today, Stefano's daughter, Giovanna, works closely with her father to head up this historic winery. What is interesting here is that the vineyard was originally purchased for grapes to be used for Marsala. But, the vineyard also grew Nero D'Avola, which produced a harsh, black wine usually used for blending. It wasn't until the late 1970s and early 1980s that enterprising estates like Caruso and Minini began looking at Nero D'Avola differently.

They began to see fruit characteristics that should be emphasized. So, they treated the grapes differently and the results were stunning. Today it is the prized red grape of Sicily making incredible offerings as our selection shows. The wine offers all the black plum and cassis aromas we've grown to love. The fruit basket of flavors include wild cherry and pomegranate to match a classic roast leg of lamb slathered in garlic and rosemary or even a Sicilian fish stew featuring clams and mussels in a rich tomato broth.