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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Zisola Nero d'Avola 2006
Zisola Nero d'Avola 2006
(search item no. 98543)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $26.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vineyards currently cover approximately 17 acres of the estate, mainly calcareous soils planted chiefly to Nero d'Avola vines trained in the traditional alberello (free standing) style. The vines enjoy a west/southwest exposure and benefit from a steady sea breeze, which cools the vineyards during the hot summer days and warms the land in the winter. This exceptional microclimate permits ideal ripening of the grapes and yields elegant, aromatic red wine.

Deep purple, aromas of wild berries and hints of spice.

Rich flavors of blackberry and dark cherry, accented by notes of violet, pepper and exotic spices.

Zisola is a Nero d'Avola that is aged 10 months in oak for soft sophistication and creamy aromas of red fruit and spice. The wine is evolved and layered and shows great depth and personality.- Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast 05/09

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About Zisola:

The Mazzei family, historic owners of Tuscany’s renowned Fonterutoli estate and one of Italy’s most highly regarded winemaking families, are proud to present Zisola, an elegant Sicilian red wine of great complexity, concentration and aging potential. Made from Sicily's indigenous Nero d’Avola grape, limited-production Zisola comes from the Mazzei family property in southeastern Sicily, just outside the magnificent town of Noto. Here, in this alluring spot rich in history and culture, the Mazzeis discovered unexpressed winemaking potential and have pioneered an ambitious project to bring that potential to light. In fact, the thumbprint that appears on the label is that of Francesco Mazzei who, together with his father Lapo and his brother Filippo, is dedicated to placing the Mazzei family’s mark of uncompromised quality on this exciting viticultural region.