Tasca d’Almerita ‘Regaleali Le Rose’ Terre Siciliane IGT 2016

Estate: The Tasca d’Almerita family of estates consists of the Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker estates. The Tasca family has farmed the Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees all of the nearly 600 hectares of vineyards along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to 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 were sourced from the Santa Rosa vineyard at the Regaleali estate from vines planted in 1986. “Fermented in stainless steel tanks and partially macerated with the skins of Nero D’Avola.” Aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Copper pink in colour with aromas of strawberry, cherry and clean minerals. Tasting similar to the aromas, with red fruits and minerals culminating in citrus zest notes on the dry finish. Fresh and fruity with a zippy finish, this is a gluggable Rosé to enjoy all summer long.

100% Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Bottled by Conte Tasca d’Almerita SOC. AGR. a R.L.
13% Alcohol
$11
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Frank Cornelissen ‘Contadino’ Rosso IGT Terre Siciliane 2014

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Estate: Pioneering Belgian winemaker Frank Cornelissen is renowned for his strict adherence to extremely minimal intervention, natural winemaking methods. His 15 hectare estate is located on the north slope of Mount Etna in Sicily. The 12 hectares of vineyards have an elevation range from 1900 to 3200 feet above sea level. Cornelissen’s goal for the land “is to evolve towards a self-sustainable agricultural reality based on the trilogy of Mediterranean farming (cereals, olive oil and wine) without exploiting Mother Earth, to produce whilst also returning, evolving towards equilibrium of the land, which will take time”.

Philosophy: “Our farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions. We therefore choose to concentrate on observing and learning the movements of Mother Earth in her various energetic and cosmic passages and prefer to follow her indications as to what to do, instead of deciding and imposing ourselves. Consequently this has taken us to avoiding all possible interventions on the land we cultivate, including any treatments, whether chemical, organic, or biodynamic, as these are all a mere reflection of the inability of man to accept nature as she is and will be.”

Winemaking: With a vision of crafting “liquid rock”, he does not use any treatments of any type in the vineyards, nor does he add anything, including sulphur, during the winemaking process. Wines are aged in clay amphorae that are buried in the volcanic soil of the cellar. Contadino is an “entry-level” red comprised mostly of Nerello Mascalese along with other indigenous varietals, a few of which such as Minella bianco, are white varietals. Grapes for Contadino are sourced from old vines with an average age of 50 years. “Contadino expresses Etna as made in a traditional way of blending different varietals: fragrant, elegant, structured with personality.”

*Because no SO2 is added, Frank advises keeping the wine below 16 °C [61 F] during transport and storage, and not decanting it.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with engaging aromas of cherry, graham cracker, rose petal and some Brothers Johnson funk. Light to medium bodied, tingly acidity and dry tannins are the foundation for a striking melody of flavours. Mouth puckering sour cherry fuses with wild raspberry and floral hints. Pignoli nuts and dusty earth fill out the middle palate, whilst smoky earth and red fruit notes linger on the dry finish. Fascinating and delicious!

85% Nerello Mascalese with a “field blend” of Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Boushet, Minella nera, Uva Francesa and Minella bianco.
IGT Terre Siciliane *Beginning with the 2015 vintage the Denomination will be Etna DOC
Sicily
Italy
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Frank Cornelissen
14% Alcohol
$28
Enjoy now thru 2017

For a closer peek at Frank Cornelissen, check out Eric Asimov’s August 2016 article, The Evolution of a Natural Winemaker in the New York Times

Tasca d’Almerita ‘Regaleali Le Rose’ Sicilia IGT 2015

tascarose
Estate: The Tasca d’Almerita family of estates consists of the Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker estates. The Tasca family has farmed the Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees all of the nearly 600 hectares of vineyards along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to 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 were sourced from the Santa Rosa vineyard at the Regaleali estate from vines planted in 1986. “Fermented in stainless steel tanks and partially macerated with the skins of Nero D’Avola.” Aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes: Coppery watermelon red in colour with aromas of candied cherry and white pepper. A straightforward, more substantial Rosé with cherry and raspberry flavours complimented by refreshing acidity. Traces of white pepper and candied ginger linger between each sip. Food friendly, a versatile summer pour [or as the importer states “this is what Sicilians enjoy in the summertime”].

100% Nerello Mascalese
Sicilia IGT
Italy
Bottled by Conte Tasca d’Almerita SOC. AGR. a R.L.
12.5% Alcohol
$11
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Tasca Regaleali Le Rose Nerello Mascalese Rosé IGT 2014

tascarose

Estate: The Tasca d’Almerita family of estates consists of the Regaleali, Capofaro, and Whitaker estates. The Tasca family has farmed the Regaleali estate since 1837. Today the 8th generation of the family, Count Lucio Tasca, oversees all of the nearly 600 hectares of vineyards along with his sons, Giuseppe and Alberto. The family is committed to sustainability; they are behind the ‘SOStain’ programme, an organization that guides companies towards increasing their sustainability.

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 were sourced from the Santa Rosa vineyard from vines planted in 1986.

Tasting Notes: Clear cherry-red in colour with aromas of strawberry and watermelon. Candied cherry and watermelon flavours are balanced by a streak of acidity that carries thru to the dry finish. Commanding for a Rosé, this drinks more like a light red and has the structure to stand up to heavier dishes.

100% Nerello Mascalese
Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Bottled by Tasca d’Almerita SOC AGR
13% Alcohol
$11
Enjoy now thru 2016

Murgo Etna Rosso 2009


It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had an Etna Rosso. Known for their elegance, complexity and smoky, earthy flavours, they can be quite challenging to locate in many wine shops. My local shops typically have only 1 or 2 labels on the shelf, and these tend to be right around the $50 mark. Imagine my surprise when I saw the Murgo Etna Rosso 2009 in a wine shop that I only stop in at occasionally, for under $20!

Founded in 1981, the estate is headed by Barone Emanuele Scammacca del Murgo and located on the steep slopes of Mount Etna. Along with his sons, Barone del Murgo has been modernizing the winery and vineyards in order to constantly improve upon the quality of the wines, yet keeping the wine as an expression of the specific volcanic soils and traditions of Etna. Their Etna Rosso was first produced in 1982 and continues to be the estate’s most prominent product.

Transparent, light brick-garnet with ruby highlights in colour, after decanting for about an hour aromas of dusty violets, baked cherries and hints of balsamic swirled about in the glass. Red current and cherry pie flavours were supported by subtle earthy tobacco and leather notes in the light-medium body. Drying yet lively tannins introduced the abbreviated finish of dusty rose petals and traces of earthy, spicy cloves. Light and clean with earthy details, this is a lovely glass for the table.

85% Nerello Mascalese, 15% Nerello Mantellato
Sicily
Italy
Bottled by AZ.AGR. Emanuele Scammacca s.s.A.
13% Alcohol
$18
Enjoy now thru 2015