Terre Nere 2016
One of our favorite Sicilian producers is ready to release a new vintage, which they are thrilled with- both us and critics seem to agree!
From the estate- "In general, the 2016 vintage yielded wines of high quality, with an acidity significantly higher than the average and slightly lower alcohol. The wines at the end of the alcoholic fermentation seemed fragrant and fresh, with intense aromas both in the whites and the reds. The whites very pleasing and salty, the reds showing intense color with a most agreable impact on the middle palate, fine and elegant tannins and a lingering finish. All in all, quite complex and complete wines with a fine spirit."
For what it's worth, Wine Spectator will be providing enough hype next month for these to fly off the shelves, our mailing list gets first looks at what we have access to. Link To Wine Spectator Preview
"All our wines are produced from local varieties, and all are D.O.C. Etna. We produce two versions of Etna Bianco. One from a field blend of Carricante, Catarratto, Inzolia and Grecanico. The other, from Carricante alone, is barrel fermented. Our remarkable Etna Rosso issues from both old and young vines of Nerello Mscalese and Nerello Cappuccio throughout our properties, and some acquired grapes as well. The very much sought after Etna Rosato, cherished for its luminous and mineral nature, is also produced from Nerello Mascalese. The very finest grapes from the oldest vines in our four crus are vinified and bottled separately after 16-20 months of wood aging. These single-vineyard bottlings represent the finest expression of the Etna appellation. Finally, a word must be spent on our Etna Rosso Prephylloxera."