Etna Rosato and N.Mascalese in its tight and youthful best. There is a beautiful delicacy to it now. It looks like Champagne base, mineral, red fruits, floral, savoury, earthy. But unlike Champagne, don’t serve it too cold and match with wine something buffalo mozzarella. This will undoubtedly get better with another 6-24 months in bottle.
Graci is 25 hectare of native Sicilian vines planted on the slopes of Mt Etna. The vines are organically grown by Alberto Graci, who was an investment banker in Milan until he inherited his grandfather’s Sicilian estate. Drawn to the active volcano he sold this estate to fund the purchase of his two current plots on Mt Etna. These wines are low intervention but still finely crafted. They are of outstanding quality.
In a constant tussle with Puglia to win the title of largest volume produced each year. The wines of Sicily are as varied as its history. Delicate whites, full-bodied reds and of course Marsala show the variation in climate and abilities of the various regions within the Island.
Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
The two grapes of Etna Rosso DOC. Mascalese is at least 80% of the blend with Cappuccio making up the balance. To my palate, Mascalese is the Pinot Noir like elegance and perfume of the blend while Cappuccio is the Merlot richness and roundness. Together they form a mighty combination.
Etna Rosato DOC
Must be at least 80% N.Mascalese up to 100%. The balance is N.Cappuccio or non-aromatic white grapes. Etna is an active volcano and therefore the soils are the most mineral-laden of any wine growing area. The altitude and higher than average precipitation (compared to the rest of Sicily) mean these are wines of texture, ripeness and power, but also structure and subtlety. The rosatos offer charming delicate and subtle characters.