Category Archives: Nero d’Avola

Top 400 Wines: Once in a Decade – 2010-2019 – James Melendez

There are many top 100 wine annual lists and I produce one as well.  I love the research and review of wines I taste yearly. Thought, I have never found it an easy task as I taste a large set … Continue reading

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2019 Midsummer Wine & More Reviews – James Melendez

A lovely month of diversity.  I love red and white wines year and, of course, rosé is particularly appreciable but I do love rosé year round.   I am constantly asked if I prefer red or white wine to which I … Continue reading

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James the Wine Guy Interview Series: Josè Rallo, Donnafugata Wines

Josè Rallo heads up communication at Donnafugata and also is a member of the Rallo family that owns and operates Donnafugata.  Donnafugata is emblematic for me in terms of gorgeous labels that convey Sicilia, an homage to the book by … Continue reading

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Sicilia En Primuer 2019 Latest Releases (100+ Wines) – James Melendez

          This is a list of wines I tasted as an alpha list by producer at Sicilia en Primeur 2019 – 16th Edition.  I did keep producers together by primary name and additional names listed below … Continue reading

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Cusumano Sicily Sagana – 2007 – 9.2 – James Melendez

This wine is completely and nothing but Nero de Avola.  If you thought Nero de Avola was a wine to have only with pizza or pasta then you might be mistaken.  This is a Sicilian steak wine; completely dark and … Continue reading

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Archeo Nero d’Avola – 2007 – 8.6 – James Melendez

This wine gives bright notes of cranberry-cherry, pepper and pecan. *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of my wine reviews: © 2009 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez All Rights … Continue reading

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Epicuro Nero d’Avola – 2007 – 8.8 – James Melendez

The Nero d’Avola grape is nearly synonymous with Sicily and indigenous to Italy.  Nero means black and the southeast Sicillian village of it’s origin is Avola hence Nero d’Avola.   It’s a long name but a formidable wine low alcohol 13% … Continue reading

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Arancio Nero d’Avola Sicilia – 2004 – 8.8 – James Melendez

Arancio Nero d’Avola Sicilia exhibits stewed dark cherry, warm winter spices and elegant cedar notes.   A nice wine for Monday through Thursday dinners. *** ¡Salud! A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions from around the world. Read more of … Continue reading

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Cusamano Sicilicia Nero d’Avola – 2006 – 8.5 – James Melendez

Nero d’Avola is not terribly well known in the U.S. but it should many people think this is an appellation rather than as a varietal. The glass closure is really a vast improvement to synth corks. It is a great … Continue reading

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