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Wine of the week: 2013 Zisola Nero d'Avola 

Sicily, Italy

Retail $22-$25

Sicily, the Mediterranean Sea's largest island, has been an important winemaking center for 2,500 years. The island's southernmost region has idyllic vine-growing conditions, with consistent sunlight, moderate rainfall and coastal breezes. A product of the Mazzei family, owners of the Castello di Fonterutoli estate in Tuscany, this 2013 vintage Zisola Nero d'Avola was among Wine Spectator's Top 100 wines in 2015. On the Mazzei's Sicilian estate, 42 acres are planted mostly with nero d'Avola vines in calcareous soils. Hand-harvested fruit fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 14 to 16 days, macerated for 10 days and aged 10 months in French barriques. In the glass, the wine exhibits aromas of wild berries, raspberry, earthy accents and spice notes. On the palate, taste blackberry, cherry, black plum and a hint of tobacco, pronounced acidity and firm tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with lasagna, veal parmigiana, meat-topped pizzas. charcoal-grilled steak, osso buco, salami and hard cheeses. Buy it at: Zuppardo's Family Supermarket and Acquistapace's. Drink it at: Irene's Cuisine, Marcello's Restaurants, Meribo and Middendorf's.


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