2010 Cantine Nicosia Sosta Tre Santi Nero d' Avola

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sicilia
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 87
Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"The 2010 Nero d'Avola Sosta Tre Santi does not show perfect balance. The wine is weighed down by thick oak notes with cinnamon and vanilla that appear in front of the fruit. The good news is that there is enough fruit here to counter those oak influences. The wine has already aged six years since the vintage so I'm not sure how much more integration we can expect.

Tenute Nicosia makes wine on Etna and in the Vittoria area of Southern Sicily. These wines reviewed here, including Frappato and Cerasuolo di Vittoria, represent the latter." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Sosta Tre Santi Nero d’Avola is the ‘Cru’ of our vineyards in Contrada Bonincontro (Vittoria), created from a blend of the principal Sicilian grape variety with a small percentage of Syrah. The careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and in the winery, the slow maceration and long refinement process makes for a red wine that is full-bodied and structured, with a rich and irrepressible aromatic hear.

Grape varieties: Nero d’Avola 85% - Syrah 15%

Vineyards : sandy soil, situated at approximately 200-250 m above sea level; training system: espalier spurred cordon

Harvest : by hand into crates, in the end of September

Maceration : cold maceration for 24 hours

Fermentation : on the skins follows for 3 weeks at a controlled temperature of 22°C

Ageing : in French oak barriques for 12 months and in the bottle for 12 months

Alcohol content : 14% vol.

Colour : ruby red with purplish highlights

Nose : intense, spicy and fruity, bursting with notes of jam and marked balsamic overtones

Palate : velvety, full-bodied, displays an excellent balance and lingering finish

Food Pairings : roasted meats, game, cold cuts and aged cheeses

Serving temperature : 16-18°