Firriato Chiaramonte Nero D'Avola 2017


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"Aromas of charred toast and smoked meat dominate, with some kalamata olive. Orange peel, too. It’s medium-bodied with elegant, fine tannins. Initial savory notes are complemented by dried raspberries and cherry stones. Wonderful complexity to this with evolving layers of fruit, dried flowers, earth and smoky minerality. Drink or hold. 94 points.” –James Suckling,, Nov. 24, 2020.

This native Sicilian vine, by antonomasia, shines with a new light in this wine which fully embodies all the authentic properties of its fruit. It is a different interpretation of Nero d’Avola that evokes with personality all the aromatic qualities of the island’s most important red grape variety. The unique characteristics of the Dàgala Borromeo estate where this varietal is grown, lend themselves to shaping its modern structure and complex aromatic profile. Firriato’s research reaches its highest pinnacle here in the sandy loam, alluvial soils of this plain, with an attentive viticulture that fully reveals the great biodiversity of the Sicilian native vines’ heritage. Chiaramonte Nero d’Avola is one of the purest manifestations of this philosophy.