Nero d’Avola (also known as Calabrese) is the most important and widely planted red wine grape variety in Sicily. Nero d’Avola typically has high tannins, medium acidity and a strong body. However, it can also be very smooth if grown at higher elevations where cooler temperatures restrict the alcohol levels.
This wine has a deep garnet colour with an attractive mature nose of leather, tea and mushroom, some lovely new oak (vanilla, toast, smoke, cinnamon) with a still vibrant core of dark black cherry fruit. On the palate it is full-bodied, with a complex range of developed savoury flavours balancing beautifully with its core of ripe fruit. This mellow, though still powerful wine, has rounded tannins and just enough lifting acidity to keep the wine bright. Expect long length and a savoury finish.
The Firm Baglio dei Fenicotteri has been handed down from generation to generation of the same Sicilian family and is deeply rooted in the local terroirs of this famous island. The family business is now run by Giuseppe Squasi, his wife Ada and children Francesco and Mattia.
Since 1997, the vineyard and all its operations have been certified organic by Ecogruppo Italia, consistent with the family’s philosophy of avoiding synthetic chemicals, whether fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides or pesticides.
The area around the vineyard is home to many species of migratory and resident birds of which the flamingos (“fenicotteri” in Italian) are without doubt the most charming and elegant. The trademark of Baglio dei Fenicotteri is, in fact, composed of the bodies of two flamingos looking at each other and forming the shape of a heart. The family takes this logo to convey the heart and passion which they show in handcrafting all their wines.