Estate: Husband and wife team Carmelo Vecchio and Rosa La Guzza farm one hectare of ancient vines high on the slopes of Mount Etna. The single vineyard with 130 year old Nerello Mascalese vines [along with a few other indigenous varieties] was passed down from Rosa’s family.
Winemaking: Organic and low intervention methods are used in both the vineyard and cellar. Grapes are from the Crasà Contrada at 2100 feet in elevation, with volcanic soils on the northern slope of Mount Etna. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel, aged 9 months in 500-L oak barrels on lees, racked off lees into stainless steel tank 1 month, aged in bottle for 8 months. Unfined, unfiltered. 2016 was their first vintage.
Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby in colour, with aromas of black cherry, orange peel, forest floor, strawberry, nutmeg, candied violet, peppery spice and licorice. Cherry, wild strawberry, cranberry, roasted herbs, black pepper and rose petal are framed by wooly tannins and fresh acidity. Black currant and a vein of smoky earth infuse the velvety finish.
90% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Inzolia, Grecanico, Catarratto
Etna Rosso DOC
Estate Bottled by Azienda Vitivinicola Vigneti Vecchio di La Guzza Rosa
$43 [average price]