Estate: Massimiliano Calabretta is the 4th generation of his family to craft wines on the steep slopes of Mt Etna in Sicily. He follows the centuries old traditions of the volcanic region, protecting and preserving the distinctive land, using only organic methods and minimal intervention. He farms about 7 hectares of old vines, many ungrafted and 80+ years in age in the following contrada: Solicchiata/Montedolce, Passopisciaro/feudo di mezzo, Calderara, Taccione, Battiati/Zocconero. Check out the Calabretta site for more history and vineyard detail here.
Winemaking: Grapes are from younger vineyards with many ungrafted vines in the Calderara contrada. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts, “Ancient traditional fermentation Pista & Mutta” (pista= to press, mutta= to transfer) “without the solid part we have low colour & low tannin. This was the wine of the farmer… he can drink at once!” Massimiliano states this Rosato is “Dedicated to the ancient ways”.
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, blackberry, cherry, trace of tarry earth outlined with tangy acidity. Raspberry, wisp of candied violet, blood orange linger between each juicy sip. Vivid, sleek.
100% Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Bottled by Massimiliano Calabretta