Updated: Dec 29, 2019
Carusu – Etna Rosso DOC 2014
I will always grateful with this wine. It makes me discover the amazing world of the Etna Rosso. First time I drank this nectar, it was during a blind tasting. I was sure it was a good Barolo. Instead of Nebbiolo, here we have a marvellous blend of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cappuccio (20%). These grapes grow between 650-850 metres above the sea level on the northwest side of Etna. The ageing process involves six months in the oak and at least 12 months in the bottle. According to the producer, it has to be served at 18C. Salute!
The intensity is pale with garnet tints. It is clean with no traces of deposits.
The aromas are pronounced with notes of red fruit and pepper. On the secondary notes, we can find cedar, charred wood and smoke. On the tertiaries, there is a triumph of earth, forest, game, tobacco and farmyard. The most sophisticated noses (if you capture a bit of irony, well you are right!) in my WSET classroom found also hints of fig and marzipan. Probably the English figs are different from the Apulian ones.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity, high tannin, and high alcohol (i.e. 14.5%). The intensity of the flavours is pronounced with a medium finish. On the palate we find other tertiaries as the tar and mushroom.
This wine is a fine standard bearer of the South Italian wines. No jam, no cooked black fruits, but balanced and astonishing elegance. It works well obviously with the red meat and aged cheese. But I think it would be even better to glorify a plate of paccheri with daterrini and rockfish sauce. In this case, I would drink lightly chilled. I love when the red fruits become a bit “crunchy”.
Final vote: 91
Price: €16.5 on tannico.it