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Villa Tonino `Baglio Curatolo` Nero d`Avola

Marsala, Sicilia

Villa Tonino

The Curatolo family has been producing excellent Marsala and quality wine for over a century...

Since the 1999 vintage Alberto Antonini has acted as a consultant to the Curatolos and brought with him the modern winemaking skills that allow the varieties to express their maximum potential. The wines are uniformly excellent. The whites combine the richness that Sicily can easily provide with the freshness only someone with Alberto’s experience can retain.

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Antonini loves working with the Nero d`Avola grape. A native of Sicily, it needs warm sites to ripen fully. `Nero d`Avola is very similar to Syrah,` explains Antonini, `Except that it needs more heat.` The grapes for this wine came from a single vineyard near Agrigento in south central Sicily. The altitude here is 650 metres above sea level and the soils predominantly clay.


The grapes were hand harvested in mid-September. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in small new French and American oak barrels for six months. The maturation in oak serves to tame the wild fennel character of the Nero d`Avola and adds a cedary elegance. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep coloured wine with notes of blackberries and dried plums, fennel seeds and a touch of mocha. Round and powerful on the palate, with notes of vanilla, chocolate and plum, soft and well-balanced tannins and a long, spicy finish with an attractive chocolately twist. 

Vintage information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Marsala, Sicilia
Winemaker Antonino Reina
Consultant Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 3.3g/l
Wine pH 3.43