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Tasca d’Almerita Tascante ‘Ghiaia Nera’ Sicilia DOC 2015

Estate: The 8th generation of the Tasca family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees the nearly 600 hectares of estate vineyards that stretch from Mt Etna in northeastern Sicily to Salina in the Aeolian Islands, along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to organic farming and sustainability; they are behind the ‘SOStain’ programme, an organization that guides companies towards increasing their sustainability.

Philosophy: Passionate about eco-sustainability, “We work every day so that our children will have a better environment than ours. Sustainability is not a random process, but a voluntary act which requires, in addition to the wisdom passed down, the support of science, technology and proper organization. “

Winemaking: Grapes are from young vineyards in the Tascante estate on the north side of Mt. Etna in the Sciaranova and Piano Dario contradas [or area, similar to a cru]. The 63 hectare estate has 99 terraced vineyards surrounded by 9.8 hectares of chestnut trees and 410 olive trees. Aged in large 600-liter Slavonian oak barrels for 18 months, in bottle for 4 months.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with black cherry, dried strawberry, a drop of caramel, white pepper and floral aromas. Morello cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, earth and a shake of white pepper are framed by fresh acidity and dry silky tannins. Red fruits, orange zest and spice linger on the dry finish. Nice structure and balance, super versatile at the table.

100% Nerello Mascalese
Sicilia DOC
Bottled by Conte Tasca d’Almerita Soc. Agr.
13% Alcohol

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