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Tenuta Tascante ‘Ghiaia Nera’ Etna Rosso DOC 2017

Estate: The Tasca family has farmed their Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees the nearly 600 hectares of estate vineyards [Tascante, Capofaro, Sallier de La Tour and Whitaker estates] 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. The name of the wine reflects the “thousands of roses, brought in from all over the world”, that flourish throughout the Regaleali estate.

Philosophy: Passionate about eco-sustainability, the Regaleali estate is nearly completely self-sufficient; all of their food is grown on the estate and they are working toward a carbon neutral rating. Their goal of achieving eco-sustainability “is a self-regulated, pro-active scheme to reach our goals through positive actions both in the short term and in the mid-to-long term” that they achieve using “science, technology and organization”.

Winemaking: Grapes are from young vines, planted in 2004 & 2007 on the north slope of Mount Etna, specifically from contradas Sciaranova, Piano Dario and Rampante. The terraced vineyards have volcanic sediment soil and are at 600 meters in elevation. [The name ‘Ghiaia Nera’ is in reference to these black soils.] Aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for 24 months. Vegan.

Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in colour, with aromas of smoky earth, strawberry, rose petal and tarry minerality. Wild strawberry, red currant, pomegranate and white pepper are framed by firm tannins and bright acidity. Red currant and a wisp of smoke harmonize with the spicy finish. Straightforward, lively and a great value.

100% Nerello Mascalese
Etna Rosso DOC
Sicily
Italy
Bottled by Conte Tasca d’Almerita Soc. Agr. aRL.
13.5% Alcohol
$15

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