Etna Rosso 2017
It is a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio planted in Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of mount Etna. After the grapes are harvested by hand at the beginning of October, they are quickly brought to the winery where they are manually selected on a belt-conveyor. Then they are destemmed and not completely crushed, and sent to concrete tanks, where they macerate for about 10/12 days at a temperature of 22/25 °C. After fermentation, the grapes are left to macerate for a few days more, then wine is separated from grape skins, which are pressed with the traditional vertical press. Eventually the divine juice ages for about 6 months into big wooden barrels and 3 months in bottle. Salute!
The wine has an elegant ruby color with garnet hues. The intensity is pale.
The aroma intensity is pronounced. Hints of violet, crunchy wild red fruits, ripe strawberry and black pepper. Balsamic notes of eucalyptus and Mediterranean bush make the aromatic palette quite vibrant. The secondary aromas remember the cloves, charred woods and toast. The tertiaries include leather, game, mild tobacco, and a touch of farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14 %), and it gives a pleasant heatwave. On the palate, the flavor intensity is pronounced with still hints of red fruits, but also a light jam. There also elegant scents of violet, rose and grass. The secondary notes are vanilla, cedar, cloves, charred wood, and toast. The tertiaries remember the fine leather, dry cranberry, and a light but persistent farmyard. The lasting is long.
Mum approves it! The nectar is incredibly elegant at the nose, and even more on the palate, despite a marked tannin. Our senses are bewitched by a triumph of crunchy wild red fruits, spices, scents of flowers, eucalyptus, and hints of leather and farmyard. It seems to be in Bourgogne, and instead we are in the southern Italy. A brilliant example of Etna Rosso, quite versatile for our meals, but also perfect to be enjoyed by its own.