Estate: Massimiliano Calabretta is the 4th generation of his family to craft wines on the steep slopes of Mt Etna in Sicily. He follows the centuries old traditions of the volcanic region, protecting and preserving the distinctive land, using only organic methods and minimal intervention. He farms about 7 hectares of old vines, many ungrafted and 80+ years in age. Check out the Calabretta site for more history and vineyard details here.
Winemaking: Vines are 300-900 meters in elevation on the slopes of Mount Etna with volcanic, black stony soils. The average vine age is 70 years, with some vines over 100 years old, along with some ungrafted vines. “Fermented in stainless steel for 5-7 days with pumping over — then in wood. Full malolactic fermentation in the first year. Aged in large Slavonian oak casks (50-70HL) for 36-42 months.”
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, cinnamon, black cherry, baked plum, candied rose petal, just turned earth and peppery spice. Flavours complement the aromas; black cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, earth, peppery spice along with a twist of orange zest, accented by firm tannins and fresh acidity. Fig, black cherry, wisp of smoke, baking spice and a trace of balsamic linger on the plush finish. Silky, voluminous with a genteel edge.
Mainly Nerello Mascalese, with Nerello Cappuccio
Estate Bottled by Massimiliano Calabretta