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2004 Feudo Arancio Nero D'Avola ---> Is this a good wine

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2004 Feudo Arancio Nero D'Avola ---> Is this a good wine

Postby universitylad » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:33 am

Wine experts needed:
2004 Feudo Arancio Ner0 D'Avola

Is this a nice wine? It was a holiday gift that I recently rediscovered in my kitchen.

I'm guessing it's a red wine, but the bottle is dark, so I can't tell for sure.
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Postby christopher_robin » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:43 am

Your Nero d'Avola is a table wine. The Feudo Arancio is not championed by fans of the varietal.

Nero d'Avola is perhaps the most famous Sicilian varietal, first cultivated near Siracusa and later identified with Sicilian wine in general. Through the 70s it was used almost entirely to fortify French varietals, but now it's practically the first thing in your hand when you disembark into Sicily.

It might be fun to pair this with Caponata or Sfincione. This is a $6-15 bottle, I'm guessing, so no need to hold onto it until end of days.
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Postby fennel » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:02 pm

I'm with christopher_robin.
I've had one Nero D'Avola that I thought was spectacular, but even that was probably a little rough for the average American palate. (About $20 from a store known for good prices -- not in Madison, neeless to say.) I've had four or five since then, ranging in price from $8-$14. Nothing has struck my fancy, but I've always have poor luck with Italians (for the price).

The memory of that first one always makes me take a second look, though.
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