Nocera is a native grape from Sicily. It comes from the Messina province which is located in the northeast. Nocera is a quality red wine grape that is most known as a blender in the red wines of the Faro DOC. I had the opportunity to taste some pure versions (which according to Wine Searcher are rare) this week at a trade tasting held at Roma Restaurant in Houston.
Wine production in the region dates back to the 14th Century BC, however, phylloxera decimated the vineyard area in 1881 leaving it at a fraction of its original size. The area boasts a Mediterranean climate with sunny days and coastal breezes, moderate rainfall, and mild winters, all ideal for grape growing.
Cambria started their Nocera project in 2005 in the Mastronicola Vineyard in the hillsides of the coastal town of Furnari. Here, they bring their traditions, terroir and new technology together to make pure Nocera wines rather than treating it like a second tier grape. This 10 Ha or almost 25 acre vineyard site sits 110-120 meters or about 360- 400 feet above sea level and has a medium textured soil with traces of limestone. The vines are trained in spurred cordon and are harvested by hand.
All three wines are made by Cambria from 100% Nocera, each in a different style showcasing the versatility of the grape.
In the glass, the wine is a cherry pink color with persistent bubbles, fruity aromas with orange blossom and bread crust, and a fresh, dry, mineral laced red grapefruit flavor with a pleasant note of pith in the finish.
The winery recommends serving this wine as an aperitif or with fish dishes.
In the glass, the wine is a deep ruby red color with aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and notes of earth and spice with a hint of smoke. The wine is well structured with noticeable yet soft tannins, a rounded feel, and a long finish.
The winery recommends serving this wine with mature cheeses and red meat dishes like Texas brisket.
In the glass, this wine in ruby red with garnet reflections, intense notes of chocolate covered cherries and dried fruit with a light herbal, balsamic nuance. In the mouth, the wine is velvety, round, and warm with a long, sweet finish.
We tasted this with dark chocolate but the wine would also work well with blue cheese.