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Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2019

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 14%
  • Origin: Mount Etna / Sicily / Italy
  • Grapes: Nerello Mascalese

Description

Cru is just over 1ha. The first cru harvested. Altitude 600m. Dusky and autumnal with cedar and spice. 50-80 year old vines, north facing. Black volcanic ash and basaltic pebbles. Annual production 6,000 bottles. Deep red. Ripe red cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by musk and earth tones. Then rich, ripe and increasingly tannic in the mouth, with a mouthcoating quality on the long but slightly drying finish. Showcases the rich, forward personality of Quadro delle Rose wines in most vintages, but this seems to have slightly tougher tannins than most I remember at a similar stage of development. Closes long and clean.

A powerful Etna red with plenty of blackcherry and licorice character, plus a robust tannin structure. However, it also has a very exciting, cool and bright side, which comes out ever more clearly at the long, racy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2024. 95pts James Suckling