Buscemi Tartaraci Rosso 2017
So much history, so much surprise: the ‘Tartaraci’ vineyard is like no other plot on Etna, at nearly 3,000 feet in altitude with a northern exposure, yet still Mediterranean-influenced and wild in its beauty and vinous potential. Here Nerello Mascalese and Grenache are blended for a delicate yet potent red, full of silk and substance, endlessly refined and oh-so fresh.
REGION: ITALY • Sicily • Bronte (Etna)
APPELLATION: Sicilia DOC
BLEND: 70% Nerello Mascalese, 30% Grenache
VINEYARDS: The ‘Tartaraci’ vineyard sits on the northwest slope of Mount Etna, in the Bronte region. Facing north, this high-altitude plot (3,215 feet above sea level) has pure black and richly mineral volcanic soils.
AGE OF VINES: 90 years, on average
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Destemmed; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled concrete tanks. Aged in tank for 18 months. Bottled unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of fresh raspberries and red cherries, incense and crushed stones, light peppery notes. Refined and smooth, finegrained tannins; impeccable balance and freshness
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Air-dried sausage; grilled white meats; fresh sheep’s cheese; meaty seafood (like swordfish)