This wine does a little Pinot Noir act, medium ruby in the glass with earthy red fruit on the nose. The Sicilian grapes were grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna, and owner Michele Faro spoke during a Zoom gathering about his love of the volcanic soil. The nose also offers notes of coffee, sage and eucalyptus. The palate definitely shows the volcanic origin along with spice and pepper, plus a firm tannic structure. The sip finishes clean and savory. Very tasty. — 6 days ago
The 2019 Nerello Mascalese Munjebel seduces with a rich and sweetly scented bouquet of crushed black cherries, dried roses and cloves. It’s silky in texture, enveloping all that it touches with ripe red fruits and spices, nicely framed by saturating minerality, as inner violet florals form toward the close. There are tannins here, but they don’t get in the way; instead, they create a perfectly dry platform where notes of lavender, plum and allspice hover above. The Munjebel is a blend of fruit from Frank Cornelissen’s vineyards across the northern valley of Etna. It aims to please, and it will excel at doing so through short-term cellaring. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)
— 11 days ago
Enjoyed it with a sausage- based pasta dish. Some Smokey, tobacco notes, moderate tannins and substantial fruit. Good wine. — 4 days ago
Colour of cold black tea. Cherry, toffee, earth and dried herbs on the nose. Palate has savoury earthy cherry - just medium bodied. The following night savoury red fruits with a skinnsy element on the palate developing into a touch of astringency. Not for long keeping - drink now if you have some. — 5 days ago
From prior bottles I didn’t decant this as I knew there was no sediment. One of the lightest Italian Reds you will find not considering Rosato. Mid to light Ruby in colour. Very earthy - cherry skins savoury and minerally. You can almost assume this has been grown on decayed lava flows, which it has. Bought at the cellar door around 5 years ago. I love this wine but it’s not worth the $110 AUD I paid. The grapes from Etnas favoured northern slopes even though the winery itself is on the south western slopes of Mount Etna. — 16 days ago
The 2017 Etna Rosso Feudo launches up from the glass with an intense and rich display of crushed black cherries, balsamic-tinged brown spice and incense. Its textures are silky, even fleshy in feel, with a saturating mix of citrus-tinged, tart red and black fruits, all motivated by vibrant acidity. This boasts tremendous concentration yet carries it well, as a coating of fine tannin struggles to emerge, creating a push and pull of sweet and sour tension. There’s a lot of warm-vintage character packed into the 2017 Feudo, yet it maintains admirable balance. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)
— 11 days ago
This wine is medium ruby in the glass and smells of raspberry, cherry, anise and an earthy note. The palate is like a more savory take on Pinot Noir, with coffee, red fruit and spicy herbs. The tannins are very firm and the acidity is fresh. There is a long finish which carries the red fruit back. — 4 days ago
Darkly elegant and poised, the 2017 Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante slowly comes to life. Exotic spice scents emerge, mixed with smoky crushed stone, dried roses and black cherries. It’s silky-smooth with medium-bodied weight, complemented by bright acidity and a cooling mix of red and blue fruits. Sweet tannins and minerals mingle through the long, mouthwatering finale, leaving a lightly structured feel as inner violet florals slowly fade. This is incredibly pretty and already highly enjoyable, yet has short-term cellaring potential as well. Nicely done! (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)
— 11 days ago
Light & translucent In colour & on the nose - with hot stones, smoky aromas and some shy cranberry & strawberry in the background.
On the palate this is fresh & lively with energetic acidity and firm yet smooth & juicy tannins.
A touch rustic yet drinking very nicely, esp. slightly chilled. — 20 days ago