Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese.
Geographic Appellation: Etna; Sicily, Italy.
Price: $15.30 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Pasta with roasted tomato sauce, meat balls and garden salad.
Opened 30-minutes before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with a redish tint and a lighter color rim. Damp earth, raspberry, strawberry and leather aromas with hints of tar and White Fur (Abies concolor) needles. Dry, perky, light body and a 200-grit texture. Raspberry and current flavors, lots of fresh acidity that dominates the whole taste experience, gobs of very fine grained tannins and a long peppery finish with earthy and mineral subtle nuances. This is our kind of Italian red wine…BONE dry, lots of earthy fruit taste and noteworthy slightly rustic tannins, all packaged into a well balanced end product. It should also be noted that every pour was dramatically softer and smoother than the previous one and by the last pour (45-minutes later) it was a very different wine from the first pour. It paired perfectly with the tomato sauce and meatballs, but was enjoyable sipping after the dinner. In the end it was a great weekday wine with LOTS of character.
Alcohol Content: 13%
Closure: Reconstituted cork.
UPC Code: 8 028167 000109
Imported by: Skurnik Wines; New York, New York.