Etna Rosso D.O.C
Made from very fine Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio from low yielding vineyards (35 Hl. Per hectar), both young and old.
The grapes are macerated until the end of fermentation. The wine then continues its life in wood until bottled roughly one year after harvest. Even young it is a distinguished wine. Fresh, fragrant, beautifully slender and with a fine grip, it has a natural polish, a stage presence, as it were. And, in aging, as its weave gathers into rich complexity, it is a wine for gentlemen. It is an aristocratically liberal wine: enjoy it with whatever food you wish, as long as its properly cooked.
All properties of Tenuta delle Terre Nere have been cultivated organically from the very beginning in 2002. And the vineyards first acquired had been managed organically for two generations of the previous owners. In 2009 we built a solar panel unit designed to deliver renewable energy sufficient for 80% of our needs. The unit was complemented in 2010 by a furnace fueled with the cuttings from the yearly pruning on 1600 olive trees and maintenance pruning of other hundreds of trees on the properties. In 2010 we were certified organic, a request made mostly in order to satisfy many of our customer’s demands. Vineyard sprays: copper sulphate, sulphur. Fertilization: all organic, mostly manure or manure based. Practice of “green manure”, growing leguminous plants (beans, lentils, chich peas, etc.) rich in nitrogen between alternate rows, turning them over and folding them into the soil.
Area of production: Townships of Castiglione di Sicilia and Randazzo
Varietals: Nerello Mascalese (roughly 95%); Nerello Cappuccio (roughly 5%)
Age of vines: 6-50 years old
James Suckling – “The purity of fruit is so impressive here with black cherry and dried strawberry to the ash and black-tea undertones. It’s medium to full body with firm, tight tannins and a crisp finish. Floral and some citrus-zest highlights to this. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” (94 Pts)