Estate: The Sofia family has been farming on the north slope of Mount Etna for many years. In 1980, Gioacchino Sofia received almost a ½ hectare of old vines in the Piano dei Daini contrada [MGA or cru site] in Solicchiata, in the Catania region of Sicily. Throughout the years, he was able to acquire neighboring vineyards, today the estate consists of 3 hectares; 2 in Solicchiata on the northern slope of Etna, and 1 hectare in the Pietra Marina contrada on the eastern slope.
Brother and sister Carmelo and Valentina head the estate now, with their dad Gioacchino still helping out in the vineyards. 2017 was their first commercially released vintage.
Winemaking: Organic and low intervention practices are used in the vineyards and cellar. Grapes are from both the Piano dei Daini [20 & 60 year old vines] and Pietra Marina [30 year old vines] contrada, with volcanic and clay soils. “Aged for 14 months in used tonneaux and then in five months in concrete.” Named for their father, only 1500 bottled produced.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, campfire, candied rose petal, anise and almond biscotti. Wild berries, rose petal, cherry, black pepper, a vein of tarry earth and fresh acidity glide across silky, firm tannins. Almond biscotti, cherry and peppery spice linger on the plush finish. Well composed and balanced, with a refined character.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Etna Rosso DOC
Bottled by ICQRF CT/3801/IT for Sofia Gioacchino