Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C. 2013

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

Bright, ruby-red color and a bouquet with strong aromas of dried 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. Pairs well with roasted meats, game and truffle dishes.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
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  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay, sand
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  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.4 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/l
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Pinot Nero

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Forbes Author: Nick Passmore
    Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Would stand out in Londons club-land as what used to be known as club claret, and, in fact, far superior to some of the rubbish in that catch-all category the neighboring wine merchants would palm off on less than discerning club managers after a jolly good lunch.But its not quite a claret its got too much earthiness, too much Sicilian sunshine baked into its soul, but its a polished red full of Mediterranean sunshine.

    Grade: The Best 20 Red Wines Under $20
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Kerin O'Keefe
    Date: Monday, February 1, 2016

    "A blend of 60% Pinot Nero and 40% Nero d'Avola, this offers aromas of mature dark-skinned berry, violet and a whiff of dark spice. The straight-forward, linear palate shows dried black cherry, blackberr and a ground pepper note alongside polished tannins."

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