Saturday, June 3, 2017

Volcanic Tasting: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2014 (ENGLISH)

Using the Slow Food approach suggested by Fabio Pracchia in his latest book “I Sapori del Vino: Percorsi di Degustazione per Palati Indipendenti" (i.e. The flavours of Wine: Paths of Tastings for Independent Palates), we can discover volcanic terroirs in a new and dynamic way. In fact, considering cultural, historical and anthropological aspects of wine, we can really learn about and understand volcanic wines, and wines in general. We start with the Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2014, which is their base wine and represents an interesting entry-level and a good alternative for those who want to spend well (about 15 euros in an Italian wine shop) and appreciate the quality of the terroir of Etna.

Tenuta Delle Terre Nere

Wine / Appellation:
Etna Rosso DOC 2014

Marc De Grazia, an Italian-American producer and importer in the US, a key figure in spreading Etna wine overseas.

Nerello Mascalese (95%) and Nerello Cappuccio (5%)

600-900 meters. Strong thermal excursions. The vineyards are located in the contrade (i.e. city subdivisions) on the northern side of Etna volcano.

Organic, Good quality/price.

A nose full of red fruits (blackberry and cherry), undergrowth, hazelnut and chestnut. Already in the nose it reminds me of refined pinot noir of Burgundy. In the mouth, we find mature cherry, licorice and blackberries.  It has a long and pleasant finish. Despite its high alcohol content (14 degrees), it is drinkable, fresh and with soft tannins.

Learning while Drinking: The freshness and elegance of the wine is expressed through its complexity, clean palate and long length in the mouth. A must for all wine lovers. It contains flavors of Etna, memories of Burgundy.