It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had an Etna Rosso. Known for their elegance, complexity and smoky, earthy flavours, they can be quite challenging to locate in many wine shops. My local shops typically have only 1 or 2 labels on the shelf, and these tend to be right around the $50 mark. Imagine my surprise when I saw the Murgo Etna Rosso 2009 in a wine shop that I only stop in at occasionally, for under $20!
Founded in 1981, the estate is headed by Barone Emanuele Scammacca del Murgo and located on the steep slopes of Mount Etna. Along with his sons, Barone del Murgo has been modernizing the winery and vineyards in order to constantly improve upon the quality of the wines, yet keeping the wine as an expression of the specific volcanic soils and traditions of Etna. Their Etna Rosso was first produced in 1982 and continues to be the estate’s most prominent product.
Transparent, light brick-garnet with ruby highlights in colour, after decanting for about an hour aromas of dusty violets, baked cherries and hints of balsamic swirled about in the glass. Red current and cherry pie flavours were supported by subtle earthy tobacco and leather notes in the light-medium body. Drying yet lively tannins introduced the abbreviated finish of dusty rose petals and traces of earthy, spicy cloves. Light and clean with earthy details, this is a lovely glass for the table.
85% Nerello Mascalese, 15% Nerello Mantellato
Bottled by AZ.AGR. Emanuele Scammacca s.s.A.
Enjoy now thru 2015