2006 Alice Bonaccorsi "ValCerasa" Etna Rosso

SKU #1086105

This jammy red is 80% Nerello Mascalese. It is richly laden with sweet ripe plum and blackberry flavors, but muscular tannins balance it out for a strong finish. Sappy and intense, this Sicilian wine is meant for with slow-braised meats and strong cheeses.

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2012 | Send Email
I'm off to Etna in about a week, and I anticipate being a full convert when i return (I'm about 90% there already). I think for those who appreciate highly mineral, earth driven, elegant to the point of being almost austere wines, there may be no more exciting place in all of Europe than Mt. Etna. I find Barolo sublime, needless to say, but I think these wines might be the closest thing to Burgundy that Italy has to offer. I came across this wine at a trade tasting, took one wiff and knew I had to have it. This wine epitomizes what I love about Mt. Etna, this earthy, volcanic, sort of rotting vegetal quality. I know that doesn't sound appealing, it's just that I can't think of the right word. It just smells like Nerrello Mascalese from Etna. As a side note, I often use "road tar" to describe Brunello, "b.o. ie; body oder" to describe Mosel Riesling and "Bubble Gum" to describe the minerality of white Burgundy, all of which are highly desirable traits, they just don't translate well. Anyway, try this wine with a rustic preparation of beef, pork or chicken (or game bird, venison, buffalo) and you'll see why I'm 90% there, and just about to go over the top. CM

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