An estate of 25 hectare of native Sicilian vines planted on the slopes of Mt Etna. The vines are tended organically 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. Etna Rosso, Etna Bianco and single cru wines are all outstanding quality.
Pretty, fragrant, red berried, ironstone, lean acid, fine tannins. Does it look a bit like Burgundy? You bet. Especially with the mineral laden palate that becomes really silky with some air. This is a quality wine. Best served with simple flavours to let the wine speak, handmade pasta would do well.
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 has to be 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 might combination.
Etna Rosso DOC
Must be at least 80% N.Mascalese up to 100%. The balance has to be N.Cappuccio. 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 reds are like a glorious blend of Chinon, Nuits-St-Georges and Chianti.