Who doesn’t judge a book by its cover? The faux Olivetti typewriter font crowding the label screamed Bea and our aesthetic judgment was correct. The acolytes have done the master proud, this is wild: great tannins, a big blueberry note, pepper, leather, fennel, fabulous nose. Really in a great spot right now after 2 hr decant. — 2 days ago
During this time of panic and anxiety, I pulled a bottle from a time that brought my wife and I so much joy and laughter. This winery in Sicily at the top of Mount Etna was the best of times. Nerello Mascallese grapes growing 2500 feet above sea level. Cranberry, raspberry, rhubarb, cherry and volcanic brush. — 13 days ago
Blend of Nerello Mascalese (50%), Grenache (20%) and indigenous white varieties Grecanico, Carricante and Coda di Volpe from old, ungrafted vines on a 0.5 hectare plot within the Nave contrada on Etna’s cooler north slope. At over 3,300 ft elevation, the area lies outside/above the upper limit of the Etna DOC, but is nevertheless considered some of Etna’s best terroirs because of the high altitude and length of the growing season (Frank Cornelissen also calls the north side home). Biodynamically farmed. Partially de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks, aged in old Slavonian oak. Sleek, elegant, refined, with subtle aromas of red fruit, pine, ash and spices. Warm, graceful, mineral. — a day ago
Close to my ideal of red wine...
Fresh, wild, energetic, full of life, full of fruit, subtle, elegant, long, bright...
When Burgundy meet the best of Nebbiolo, with a foot in the wildest Willamette valley hills...is Nerello Mascalese the hidden son of Pinot and Nebbiolo? — 10 days ago
Really enjoyed this wine. Quite complex on the nose and taste. Caramel, vanilla, and a hint of oak on the nose. I thought it was somewhat bitter up front, then Smokey, slightly grape juicey, finishing quite dry. Would love to have this wine again especially for the price. — 6 days ago
Prephylloxera vines. Vcruca is a bush that grows spontaneously around the vineyards. This herb has aromas of menthol mixed with incense oil. 500m above sea level. Fermentation in cement for 25 days. Aging 45 months in cement, 6 months in barrels, 6 months in bottle. Forest floor, cherry, eucalyptus. What an elegant Sicilian wine, fantastic!!! Purchased at West Palm Wines. — 12 days ago