January 26, 2013
From the Fertile Slopes of Mount Etna
I was recently turned on to the 2011 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso from the good folks at the Little Wine Shop in Avondale. I will be honest and admit, I have ignored Italian wines from most of my wine drinking days. I've spent so much time focusing on French wines, specifically Burgundy, that there was little energy or time left to study another region. Though, I have had some brilliant Barolo from friends who are kind enough to share.
Mount Etna in Sicily is an excellent wine. The terroir of Mount Etna produces wines from vines that have grown in volcanic soil for over 100 years. This Etna Rossa from Terre Nere, made from Nerello Mascalese, has an attractive, feminine texture; it's silky, yet it has plenty of focused fruit and energy that leaves a lasting impression on the palate. It is Pinot Noir-like, yet a singular wine unto itself. It costs around $20 which is a damn good price for what is in the bottle. I'm a big fan.