Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2006

Tenuta Rapitala

Nuhar, meaning flower, is sourced from parcels located in the heart of the vineyard. Here, vines grow on clay soils, sheltered from the wine, and in full sunlight. Two great varieties are planted: Nero d’Avola, which develops rich tannins and body in these conditions, and Pinot Noir, King of Burgundy, which responds well to the heat of Sicily with color, softness and depth unlike anywhere else.

Terroir:Select parcels lie at 1,800 feet above sea level are Guyot-trained on clay soil with yields of 32 quintals per acre.

Vinification: Each variety is manually harvested, first the Pinot Noir at the end of August, then the Nero d’Avola at the end of September. Each parcel is vinified in small, stainless steel tanks. Long maceration at a controlled temperature of 75-82°F allow for the extraction of only the best polyphenols. The Nero d’Avola ages in stainless steel to preserve freshness, while the Pinot Noir matures for nine months in small French barriques. Following blending, the wines are bottle refined.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Nuhar

Additional Information

The wine has dried fruit, tobacco and spice aromas, and ripe, red berry fruit on the palate with balanced acidity and a silky finish.

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Is simply terrific. Candied cherries, flowers and sweet spices are some of notes that flow from this generous, soft Sicilian red.

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009

    This interesting blend of Nero dAvola and Pinot Nero (30%) recalls a California Pinot thanks to its rich color and density. You taste the purity of the berries but also get the heft and texture of a hot-climate red. Sweet candy and floral fragrances set the stage and the wine has a crisp, bright finish.

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