Alta Mora (Cusumano)
Etna Rosso DOC 2016
If the cannolo siciliano is unquestionably one of the most sublime expressions of the human genius, also wines for Sicily deserve all our attentions, especially Etna Rosso. This nectar is 100% Nerello Mascalese from 20 years old (on average) vineyards planted at 600/800m above the sea level. The maceration process lasts12 days at 28C, the malolactic fermentation (MLF) is done in stainless steel vessel, and then the wine ages in 25hl barrels.
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium to pale. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Even without swirling the glass, a beautiful fragrance of sour cherry ravishes the nostrils. It remembered me the Morello cherry Kefir that I am used to drink in the morning. Miracle of the MLF?! The aromatic palette is so elegant. There are hints of violet, white pepper, cedar, and a bit of toast. The tertiary aromas are still subtle: light leather and dried fruits. It lacks a bit of complexity. I enjoyed other Etna Rosso definitely more vibrant and charming than this one.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. More tertiaries come out, especially savoury and meaty. The density of the wine is exhilarating.
The first impression at the nose made me dream, but then I was a bit disappointed. The wine is good and well made. Everything is in perfect equilibrium. I was expecting more complexity, instead there are, or at least I can identify, few clusters of aromas. Even if this nectar hasn’t enchanted me, I think it is fully enjoyable by it self or as perfect companion for a rare thick sirloin steak. The wine acidity works perfectly well.
Final vote: 89
Price: €16 on callmywine.com