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"The 2017 Sicilia Nero d'Avola is very characteristic of the grape, and this is a feat that the team at Morgante seems to nail almost every year. I consider these wines to be some of the most varietally true expressions you can find. The wine opens to a medium-dark color with garnet highlights followed by aromas of dark, almost cooked cherry with scorched earth, black olive and a light touch of wild Sicilian fennel. Drink this wine quickly while those Nero d'Avola characteristics are most intense. They produced 227,000 bottles, and you get great value."
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The Morgante winery represents one family's initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience. In 1994, Antonio Morgante, with the enthusiasm of his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their vineyard grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes while keeping an eye toward 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.
The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily, a hilly region located about 1200-1800 feet above sea level and just 45 miles from the splendid Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. The property comprises 500 acres of vineyards and almond trees, and the region is ideal for viticulture, with a Mediterranean climate and soil that ranges from clay and calcareous to marl.