2021 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso DOC Calderara Sottana 750Ml BottleRegular price $149.00
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This vineyard is all rock, specifically volcanic pumice, and sits at 600–700 metres in Randazzo. This pumice attracts heat during the day and then emits it to the roots overnight. This is the steepest, hardest, rockiest vineyard and vines are between 50–100 years old. Only three vineyards on the northern side of the volcano have pure ancient volcanic soils: Bocca d’Orzo, San Lorenzo and Calderara Sottana. Though young by geological standards, this is the oldest type of soil where it is possible to plant in the entire appellation. Wine produced from these soils contain the widest spectrum of flavours, aromas and nuances and can be both aromatic and austere at the same time. This wine is incredibly evocative, with aromas of rust, orange peel, tobacco leaf and fresh red flowers. The palate is packed with dark red fruits and salted plums, and also spice and mineral notes, like graphite and asphalt – there’s a lot going on. The tannin structure is fine and grainy and the finish both long and sleek.