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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
Morgante Nero d'Avola 2005
Morgante Nero d'Avola 2005
(search item no. 89431)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Nero d'Avola, the resulting wine is aged for 4 months in French barriques. The wine is ruby-red in color with intense aromas of vanilla and sweet spice. On the palate it is bursting with bright cherry fruit, balanced acidity and exotic spices. Delicious with roasted meats and hearty red sauces.

"It boasts a beautiful dense ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of scorched earth, black cherries, blackberries, charcoal, and graphite, full-bodied, powerful, pure flavors, and a long, heady finish."
-The Wine Advocate

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About Morgante:

The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily. The winery represents one family's initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience and for the first time, make their own wine from the fruit of their vineyards. In 1994, Antonio Morgante and his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their own grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes while keeping an eye towards innovation.

In 1997, the family hired Riccardo Cotarella as their winemaker. Cotarella, widely recognized for his work crafting compelling wines from Italy's native varietals, shares the Morgante passion for producing great red wines from Nero d'Avola. In Sicily, Nero d'Avola is indisputably the red grape for wines of excellence. And it is the vine that the Morgante family has always cultivated. All aspects of production from vineyard to cellar are rigorously controlled by every member of the family, each one dedicated to making wines of the highest possible quality.