In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two demons of prostitution. Asmodeus is the offspring of the relationship between Naamah and Adam. Of all of the varietals of Italy, Nero d’Avola is as lustful and pleasurable as it gets. Rich, peppery and opulent. It has many of the same characteristics of Syrah and is the most important grape of Sicily.
Nero D'Avola | Sicily
2017 marks the fifth vintage from this vineyard. The vineyard is located in central Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta, at about 1,600 feet above sea level. The altitude, together with the distance from the sea ensures great condition for ripening the Nero d'Avola. The vines are planted south facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil using guyot pruning. Cool winters and a dry spring led to a desert-like summer. It seemed to have rained once in spring and then once again in early October. The 45th largest island in the world has never seen such fiery, relentless heat, with summer temperatures reached as high as 120 °F! Thankfully much of this was confined further inland and east of the vineyards. Harvest commenced nearly three weeks earlier than 2016 with yields down nearly 40% from 2016.
After a much needed few hours in a refrigerated space, the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked on the skins for 12-13 days. A gentle pressing to stainless steel tank where they were vinified. The wine then spends 3 months in used French and American oak barrels, which gives a little more structure. It finishes back in tank to integrate.
Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate. Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together.