Il Censo 2015 '700' Nero d'Avola

Il Censo 2015 '700' Nero d'Avola

Item Number: 15552

UPC: None

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub Region: Sicily
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Nero d'Avola
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Elevation: 2,300 feet

As the label implies, this is a project from the extended Bea family, which includes the sisters of Monastero Suore Cistercensi ( Coenobium ). Gaetano and Nicoletta Gargano met Giampiero over 25 years ago, and not long after elected to revive Nicoletta’s family farm in Central Sicily. In addition to site-specific legumes and grains, the couple planted massale selections of Perricone, Cataratto, Nero d’Avola and more. The Bea family remains in close contact to help with farming

Vineyard Notes: Vines are young, planted at 700 meters, thus the name. Farming is certified organic as of 2014, with biodynamic practices.

Winemaking Notes: Wines are spontaneously fermented and aged in stainless without temperature control. The '700' is bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur only added at bottling.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (6/10/2021)

    The 2015 Nero d'Avola 700 dazzles with a uniquely captivating display of baked apples and spiced citrus peels complemented by notes of cinnamon, clove and sweet herbs. It’s silky, nearly fleshy in texture, with a noticeable inner sweetness contrasted by a saturating mix of tart blackberry, cherry and zesty acids. Grippy tannins come forward toward the close, creating an almost chewy feel within, yet somehow this still remains energetic. Dark inner florals, exotic spice and notes of black licorice linger impossibly long. You can drink this strapping Nero d'Avola now for its intensity and almost-animalistic nature, but a few years of cellaring certainly wouldn’t hurt. The “700” in the name refers to the meters above sea level that these Nero d’Avola vines grow at. The influence and guidance of Giampiero Bea (of Paolo Bea) is evident here.