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Tenuta delle Terre Nere - Etna Rosato 2018/2019

Red Wine from Sicily · Italy
Price: £17.95
Case Rate: £17.08
Ex Tax: £14.96
Country:
Wine Region: Sicily
Wine Area: Etna
Wine Maker: Marco DeGrazia
Grape: Nerello Mascalese
Grape Percentage: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2015
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92+ pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Sicily
Wine Area: Etna
Wine Maker: Marco DeGrazia
Grape: Nerello Mascalese
Grape Percentage: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2015

Wine tasting notes

I first made this wine in 2007. I love rosé. But I never thought I would make one, just not one of those things that came to mind. But it did come to mind, and powerfully so, to my little Elena: everyone knows how strong the attraction for pink is to the fair sex, particularly at the venerable age of three. Painting the cellar pink just wasn’t enough: a pink wine was to be born. And Nerello Mascalese, wonderfully versatile grape, proved to be just the right stuff. Not an easy wine to make, however. In fact all the opposite. In trying to find balance, you walk a thin line. The Platonic ideal, as I see it, would be the rosé that has the body of a white and the soul of a red, if that makes any sense. Anyway, that’s what I’m looking for: a wine that’s joyful without being frivolous; that has tension, but is not austere. And I feel we come close. Our Etna Rosato is bright and vibrant, but never superficial. The joy it delivers has sophistication. I’ve found out that it ages beautifully. Not that there is any reason to age it. But when it does, the complexity is quite unexpected and remarkable in a rosé. Fish, poultry, soups, pasta, prosciutto and cantaloupe, figs and salame, bread and olives and cheese. You name it.

Winery information

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

"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." Wine Advocate, June 2010The Tenuta delle Terre Nere estate has roughly 20-21 hectares, of which 15 are planted to vines. Roughly 4.5 of these have been uprooted and will be replanted within two years after letting the soil "rest". Two vineyards, for a total of roughly 11-12 hectares, make up the Calderara Cru, of which 1.5 hectares are pre-phylloxera; the rest are about 40-50 years old (and they have not been uprooted). Two different vineyards comprise the Guardiola Cru, for a total of 2.1 hectares, almost all of which is pre-phylloxera (except for some replanted vines). The Guardiola vineyards are the highest-altitude red-grape vineyards in Europe! The "Feudo di Mezzo" Cru is made up of two other vineyards, for a total of 1.35 hectares.500,000 years of volcanic eruptions have created endless soil variation in neighboring plots of land, many of them radical. The soil at Terre Nere is mostly volcanic ash speckled by black pumice and peppered with abundant volcanic rock; to call it 'rocky' is putting it mildly! The weather variations in the area are profound and generally characterized by exposure, altitude, and 'airiness,' defined here as the character of a well-exposed vineyard not protected by hills, and therefore open to the cooling and drying effects of the wind. This is particularly important at Terre Nere because the harvest usually takes place in the last weeks of October, meaning that the grapes are in their most fragile state when the weather 'breaks' its autumn pattern, making them susceptible to oidium and mildew. The 'airiness' of the climate, however, helps to dry out the grapes after rain and moisture threaten mold. Above all else, the extraordinary elevation yields dramatic temperature variations between night and day, making the wines of Etna fine and elegant, devoid of the heat and overripe flavors that usually define southern wines. In fact, most people who have tasted these wines, particularly the 2004s, say they find them most akin to Burgundies or Barolos.Production is simple, classic, and Burgundian in style: the grapes are grown organically, using only bordelaise mixture and organic fertilization - mostly dung. Vinification follows the same lead: maceration-fermentation lasts 10-15 days, followed by malolactic fermentation and aging in oak - 25% new - and bottling around 18 months later.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014) - 92+ pts

The beautiful 2014 Etna Rosato will surely sell out quickly. This is a delightful Rosato made primarily with Nerello Mascalese and a tiny percentage of Nerello Mantellato. It shows a pale pink color that captures the ambient light with crystalline brilliance. Those characteristics mineral aromas appear in full force and the wine finds harmony with added wild berry and cranberry. Like many of the best rosé wines from Etna, this one reveals pretty accents of dried basil and wild sage. The mouthfeel is so fresh and tonic, it almost feels crunchy on the bite.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016) - 92 pts

Sept 2017 - Pale onion-peel pink. Bright rosehip and wild strawberry aromas and flavors gain complexity with aeration. Finishes very long and floral, with lovely strokes of salinity and minerals. Outstanding Rosato that will age better than most.


JancisRobinson.com (2015) - 16+ pts

Tasted May 2016 - Pale salmon. Rose scent and pretty, young and fresh. It still tastes just post fermentation. Too young for me for the moment.


Wine Spectator (2016) - 88 pts

A fresh and creamy rosé, driven by minerally smoke and stone notes, layered with dried cherry, strawberry and orange peel flavors.


James Suckling (2015) - 92 pts

This is really beautiful with sliced-strawberry and watermelon character, a medium body and a clean finish. A long-time favorite. Drink now.


Wine Enthusiast (2016) - 89 pts

Aromas of small red berry, Spanish broom and flint come together on this vibrant rosato. Made entirely with Nerello Mascalese the direct, linear palate offers red cherry, strawberry and a mineral note alongside vibrant acidity. A hint of nut marks the finish.

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