Estate: A winemaking tradition that has been passed down from father to son for generations, it was only in 2006 that brothers Franco and Gianni Calcagno began distributing their wines commercially. Located on the northern slope of Mt. Etna in Passopisciaro, the family [now along with Franco’s daughter Giusy] is dedicated to making wines that are a “mirror of their territory”.
Winemaking: Farming is organic and with minimal intervention. Vines are 90+ years average age at 650 meters in elevation, in black volcanic soils, from the Arcuria contrada [cru]. Fermented in stainless steel, aged for 12 months in used French oak barriques.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with aromas of cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, volcanic earth, sweet pine and cinnamon. Cherry, pomegranate, tarry earth, black pepper and grilled herbs are flanked by fresh acidity and firm tannins. Iron minerality and black cherry linger between each silky sip. Well balanced, refined, compelling.
Nerello Mascalese with a small amount of Nerello Cappuccio
Etna Rosso DOC
Bottled by Azienda Agricola Calcagno
$30 [average price]