Riofavara Eloro Spaccaforno 2012

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A good Nero d’ Avola that pairs well with pizza.
Producer/Winery: Riofavara; Ispica, Italy

Grape Variety: Nero d’ Avola.

Geographic Appellation: Eloro; Sicily, Italy.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $17.10 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Pizza topped with roasted tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions and cheese.


    He said: Opened 1-hour before drinking. Clear, very dark ruby red color with the same color rim. Light plum aroma. Intense, a little rough, gobs of acidity and a medium-weight body; filled with dry spicy plum and current flavors with a long mineral finish that had abundant tannins and acidity. It went very well with the red sauce on the pizza, but it’s not a wine I would sip without food. It went so well with the pizza I’d recommend it and like to have it again with tomato sauce and pasta. A good Italian Nero d’ Avola that pairs well with pizza.

    She said: Opaque, dark ruby red color, lots of evenly spaced speedy legs. Mild aroma, but succulent juicy flavor with mouth-watering acidity that made it a great pairing with the tomato sauce on the pizza. The wine was dry and had a medium body with a long finish that ended with a lot of pucker. There are not many wines that I truly enjoy with pizza, but this is one of them and I would buy it again and $17.10.

Riofavara vineyard on the Island of Sicily

Alcohol Content: 14%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 72482 3

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.

Photo from Kermit Lynch.