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.
Bright, ruby-red color and a bouquet with strong aromas of dried and syrup fruits. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering and at this point, we discover again the classic aromas of a Pinot Noir ripened by the hot, Sicilian sun.
Alcohol 13.5%; vol. 750 ml.
"Sicilians love to argue, but it's tough to fault a Nero D'avola blend this solid, nuanced & tasty."
"dry read, spicy and smooth."
"The Tenuta Rapitala 2007 Nuar is a blend of Nero dAvola (70%) and Pinot Noir (30%). Tenuta Rapitala has an estate of 70 acres in Sicily; of these they have 28 under vine. They are somewhat hilly acres which vary from 100-300 meters above sea level. The Nero dAvola was fermented in stainless steel while the Pinot Noir spent nine months in small French oak casks. It was blended just before bottling and was then given some additional months to age in bottle. This offering has a suggested retail price of $15.99.Red rose and hints of violet are joined by a cornucopia of red fruit aromas on the lovely, even keeled nose of this 2007 Sicilian blend. Both dried and fresh red fruit flavors are prominent throughout the palate; cranberry, cherry, wild strawberry and raspberry are all present. Subtle cocoa, lots of black pepper, sour cherry and wisps of earth are all part of the finish on this wine. Soft tannins and firm acidity mark the easygoing charm of this selection.Without question this is a food lovers wine. Whether you pair it with hard flavorful cheeses, a dish of pasta in red sauce or a plate of salami this wine will perform well. For $15.99 (closer to $13 if you shop around) this is a tasty wine that you can pull out any day of the week without breaking the budget."
"This robust but readytodrink red is an inspired wine of the littleknown but excellent Nero d'Avola grapesof Sicily and the classic pinot noir of France. The result is a fresh, forward, aromatic wine that still has plentyof body and complexity. It displays appealing notes of blueberry, wild berries, Asian spices and wood smoke.It's a wine you can't refuse."
heres a robust example from the sun-burnt South, as Keats says, referring to Provence, except that the Rapital Nuar 2007 is from Sicily, which, as you know, as souther. The wine is a full-throttle blend of 70 percent nero dAvola and 30 percent pinot nero (pinot noir), as unusual combination, as is the treatment. The nero dAvola sees only stainless steel, while the pinot noir is fermented in stainless steel and then transferred to small French oak casks for nine months. The result is a wine whose ripe, fleshy, meaty black fruit scents and flavors provide a heady kick that leans to the funky side of the street. These aspects of black cherry, black currant and blackberry are heightened by a touch of fruit cake and baking spices, by an earthy and minerally, slightly granitic vein and highlighted by acidity that stops short of being pert. In several words, the Rapital Nuar 2007 is perfect for hearty pizzas and pasta dishes, for barbecue brisket or braised short ribs and other such rib-sticking fare. The alcohol content is 13.5 percent. Drink now through 2012. very Good+. About $16.
There's a distinct coffee nose, with wood and smoky hints. The body is moderate but flavorful, with intense blueberry/blackberry character and chocolate notes. Another touch of coffee on the finish. It's almost criminal that it comes for just $15 a bottle.
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