Calabretta

Sicilia Nerello Mascalese

9.1115 ratings
9.120 pro ratings
Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
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Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.0

Meaty leathery forest berry and a little farmyard stretched like taut suede across an earthy mineral underbelly.

Meaty leathery forest berry and a little farmyard stretched like taut suede across an earthy mineral underbelly.

Jan 15th, 2017
Chris MacLean

Perfumed and persistent, with a subtle rustic complexity. Tannins are a touch scratchy but the wine makes up for it elsewhere. A lackluster We the Pizza showing was saved by this bottle.

Perfumed and persistent, with a subtle rustic complexity. Tannins are a touch scratchy but the wine makes up for it elsewhere. A lackluster We the Pizza showing was saved by this bottle.

Apr 23rd, 2016
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.8

More intensity, structure and stamina than the 2004. Dark tarry fruit, searing acidity, and a savory finish.

More intensity, structure and stamina than the 2004. Dark tarry fruit, searing acidity, and a savory finish.

Feb 1st, 2016
Robert Krupp

This was such a pleasant surprise. I don't think I've ever had this varietal w 10 years on it and was utterly impressed. Strawberry bitter chocolate tar and floral. Sorry to see the bottle go.

This was such a pleasant surprise. I don't think I've ever had this varietal w 10 years on it and was utterly impressed. Strawberry bitter chocolate tar and floral. Sorry to see the bottle go.

Nov 15th, 2015
Matt Lasater

Really cool wine. Lighter body with a nice plump acidity and earthy tannins that seem to have calmed down a bit. Still a little chewy but pleasant. Dried cherries, a hint of fig, red plums, tar, wet wood, clay, coffee, tobacco. Shows more age in aromatic character but still bright and lively for 10 years if age

Really cool wine. Lighter body with a nice plump acidity and earthy tannins that seem to have calmed down a bit. Still a little chewy but pleasant. Dried cherries, a hint of fig, red plums, tar, wet wood, clay, coffee, tobacco. Shows more age in aromatic character but still bright and lively for 10 years if age

Oct 27th, 2015
Michael "Bucky" Buckelew

Sommelier Ristorante del Lago at The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs

9.7

This made me very happy

This made me very happy

Oct 21st, 2015
Alejandro Medina

Who doesn't love asphalt

Who doesn't love asphalt

Aug 19th, 2015
Les Huisman

Wow! The structure here is crazy. So good. So young.

Wow! The structure here is crazy. So good. So young.

Feb 11th, 2016
Keith Mattrick

Vintage 2005 Vecchie Vigne. This wine is still coming 'round. Aromatic wonders upon opening, but the palate takes a good 35 minutes to release its tight grip on the fruit. Massively structured in a delicious way, the chewy tannins eventually get met with a full and complex red fruit profile with plenty of acid. Wine for rich dishes, and even 2 hours after opening, I'd say the wine is holding back. I'd let it sit longer in the cellar before opening another. Serious Etna.

Vintage 2005 Vecchie Vigne. This wine is still coming 'round. Aromatic wonders upon opening, but the palate takes a good 35 minutes to release its tight grip on the fruit. Massively structured in a delicious way, the chewy tannins eventually get met with a full and complex red fruit profile with plenty of acid. Wine for rich dishes, and even 2 hours after opening, I'd say the wine is holding back. I'd let it sit longer in the cellar before opening another. Serious Etna.

Jan 5th, 2016
Peter Sultan

Last of several bottles, 2005 vintage- still strong but perhaps some wear & tear. Still, an elegant (for Etna) wine, brick red in appearance, strong acidic backbone yet lithe in its medium body. Black fruits, no blueberries here, & the strong tannins are mostly integrated.I can imagine the Pinot comparisons, but feel this kind of Etna is even more unique. Has a slight petrol character, not unpleasant, reminds of a modern Alsatian Pinot noir. Nothing suave here either, but the in house aging & overall old school approach reminds too of old school Rioja like Lopez. Oh, & these sell for under 30$. Crazy.

Last of several bottles, 2005 vintage- still strong but perhaps some wear & tear. Still, an elegant (for Etna) wine, brick red in appearance, strong acidic backbone yet lithe in its medium body. Black fruits, no blueberries here, & the strong tannins are mostly integrated.I can imagine the Pinot comparisons, but feel this kind of Etna is even more unique. Has a slight petrol character, not unpleasant, reminds of a modern Alsatian Pinot noir. Nothing suave here either, but the in house aging & overall old school approach reminds too of old school Rioja like Lopez. Oh, & these sell for under 30$. Crazy.

Jun 30th, 2019