Award Winning Wine
91pts Wine Pilot:
"For those yet to cross paths with Sicily’s noted red variety, nerello mascalese, this offers an excellent introduction. Nerello mascalese, blended here with two siblings, nerello cappuccio and nerello mantellato, is most often compared to pinot noir, with good reason. Expect a wine of elegance, graced by Mt. Etna’s super-fine mineral tannins. The bouquet displays a depth of red cherry, cranberry and pomegranate fruits, black tea and dried herbs. It’s bright, fresh and vibrant. The palate tells a slightly different story framed in taut tannin and still unable to fully relax when just opened. The emerging anise, bitter chocolate, plum and earth opened up after time in the glass and a decanter. By the second day, it was singing. Finishes with a slightly sappy, herbal astringency. Like all Italian wines it’s made to accompany food. Maybe a plate of Sicilian meatballs?"
The Etna is a totally di erent world wine-wise speaking, not only in comparison to the rest of Sicily but to the entire Mediterranean area. Here the warmth of the south of Italy meets the mists, the big thermal excursions, the abundant rain, there’s a bit of the Big North in these wines. You can feel all of this in the delicate fruity, herbal and berries notes, smoothened by the chestnut barrels where this wine “lives” for one year.
Robert Parker (Wine advocate) : Rating 91 Points