Estate: Founded by Dr. Rocco Siciliano when he purchased the property following Etna’s eruption in 1981. I was unable to locate recent information about the estate, other than the estate practices organic and biodynamic viticulture, and the vineyards are surrounded by olive, fruit and nut trees.
Winemaking: Vineyards are in the Solicchiata contrada, facing north, 700 meters in elevation on Mount Etna in volcanic soil, planted in 1986. Spontaneous fermentation with maceration on the skins for about 8 days, aged 12 months; 60% in inox, 40% in barrique, unfiltered. 3000 bottles produced. Winemaker is Alessandro Viola.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour, with aromas of cherry compote, roasted chipotle, smoky earth and rose. Blackberry, sour red cherry, red currant, grilled herbs, smoky minerality, olive, black pepper and fresh acidity glide across a firm tannin backbone. Dried black cherry, plum, tobacco and dark chocolate linger on the plush finish.
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Nerello Cappuccio
Etna Rosso DOC
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Siciliano
$26 [average price]