2001 Calabretta Etna Rosso
Slightly cooked character with a strong aromas of spices, dried fruit, and dried fruits. Amarone-like. Full and juicy. This really grows on you. So flavorful. Just released now. Strange to be so mature but wonderful. Fascinating wine from biodynamic grapes.
This fascinating red was aged for eight long years in massive 50hl Slavonian oak barrels! Partially foot-trodden Nerello Mascalese, about as authentic as an Old School wine as you're liable to find anywhere! This comes from a 70-80 year-old vineyard (who knows what is in this red, but very likely there is much much more than Nerello) which sits at 900-2700 meters upon the active volcano that is Mt Etna. In other words, wow! This represents a rare opportunity to taste aged Nerello; don't pass it up!