Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019
95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio. Proprietor Marc de Grazia is one of the pioneers of the Etna. Not only was he among the first producers to recognize the value of these once-forgotten, ancient terroirs, he also was the first producer to bring attention to the specific qualities of these vineyards by bottling single-parcel Nerellos that have become reference-point wines for the Etna. Terre Nere’s wines all possessed unbelievable freshness and complexity as well as huge perfumes that suggested Pinot Noir. These wines are astonishingly complex and ethereal efforts from the hillsides of Mt. Etna in Sicily. This Etna Rosso is the entry-level offering for this prestigious estate. Young and old vines from organically farmed vineyards are mixed here from the slopes of Mt. Etna. The wine young and refreshing, but already refined and elegant with aromas and tastes of blueberry, raspberry, earth, wet stone, and hints of red and black licorice while being framed by refreshing acidity. If you want to see the quality coming out of Mt. Etna look no further than this humble offering.