Sicilia Noto Rosso DOC

The new Nero d'Avola style

A grand family of wine, enchanted by Sicily, discovered Zisola near Noto, an area of rare beauty.This wine made with skill and expertise, and aged for 10 months in small oak barrels, presents itself as elegant and concentrated with great depth.

Appellation: Sicily Igt
Winery location: Contrada Zisola, Noto (Siracusa)
Grape varieties: Nero d’Avola
Alcohol: 13,90 %
Total acidity: 6,30 ‰
Location of vineyard: 130 m a.s.l.
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.500 Plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 14th
Fermentation temperature: 28°-30° C
Period of maceration: 14-16 days
Aging: 10 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. - 1/3 new)
Bottling: August 2008
Production: 155,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1.5 l - 3 l
First Vintage: 2004


The months of January and February were characterized by a low rainfall and temperatures well above the average. Temperatures have remained then in the seasonal media. The spring progressed normally until the middle of June when there was a strong wave of heat. Even in the following month until the beginning of August there was a series of successive high heat waves with total absence of rain. The situation was normalized by August 10 with fluctuations in temperature between day and night. These temperate conditions continued throughout September promoting optimal ripeness of the grapes; in particular a balanced accumulation of sugars; acidity and color. The health quality of the grapes was perfect, with levels of polyphenolic ripeness very good. The tannins, upon tasting the berries; were fine and decidedly sweet, with intensely colored skins. The harvest in 2007 ended with the last grapes of Nero d'Avola on September 16.
Evaluation: Very Good