Calabretta

Vecchie Vigne Sicilia Nerello Mascalese

9.151 ratings
9.110 pro ratings
Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
Top Notes For
Shengli Hu

Garnet with low concentration. VA and Brett.... until after two hours: leather, tar, tart cherry, dried herbs, and licorice. Large neutral oak. Elevated acidity, tannin, and body.

Garnet with low concentration. VA and Brett.... until after two hours: leather, tar, tart cherry, dried herbs, and licorice. Large neutral oak. Elevated acidity, tannin, and body.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.1

Warm vintage, elevated alcohol and concentration but much welcome for dinner on a cold January night. Scorched earth typicity prevails over barnyard aromas, slight va adding lift, but generally a sound bottle compared to past experience. The velvety/evolved tannins of this wine elevated its rusticity past other more predictably high toned and rigid Etna Rossos.

Warm vintage, elevated alcohol and concentration but much welcome for dinner on a cold January night. Scorched earth typicity prevails over barnyard aromas, slight va adding lift, but generally a sound bottle compared to past experience. The velvety/evolved tannins of this wine elevated its rusticity past other more predictably high toned and rigid Etna Rossos.

Jan 18th, 2019
Ian Staub

Super complex nerello with 10 years on it - sweet cherry & smoke; herbaceous and dusty, grapefruit rind and blood orange. Intense, somewhat Burgundian (similar to R. Lopez de Heredia’s Viña Bosconia) with some tasteful Brett peaking through. Aroma wafts out of the glass. Palate is on the austere side, super dry but provides tart fruit and grippy tannins that suggest this could go another 10 years and only get better.

Super complex nerello with 10 years on it - sweet cherry & smoke; herbaceous and dusty, grapefruit rind and blood orange. Intense, somewhat Burgundian (similar to R. Lopez de Heredia’s Viña Bosconia) with some tasteful Brett peaking through. Aroma wafts out of the glass. Palate is on the austere side, super dry but provides tart fruit and grippy tannins that suggest this could go another 10 years and only get better.

Jan 10th, 2019
Peter N

2007 close or at its peak remarkable in its combination of primary and tertiary flavors. Delicious.

2007 close or at its peak remarkable in its combination of primary and tertiary flavors. Delicious.

Oct 17th, 2017
Marshal White

It's Etna ina light, almost stemmy, and delicious package. The kind of wine I could drink any Tuesday night

It's Etna ina light, almost stemmy, and delicious package. The kind of wine I could drink any Tuesday night

May 5th, 2017
Evan Keaschuk

Smokey forest floor with big bright cherry notes. I guess I should be drinking more aged Etna. Incredibly well done

Smokey forest floor with big bright cherry notes. I guess I should be drinking more aged Etna. Incredibly well done

Mar 14th, 2017
Claire Walsh

Better than the '04, fa sho. #sicily2006

Better than the '04, fa sho. #sicily2006

Jul 23rd, 2016
Christopher A. Weed

Director of Operations/Wine Specialist Spectrum Wine Auctions

9.1

Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vecchie Vigne 2004

Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vecchie Vigne 2004

Oct 21st, 2015
David Metcalf

Etna with the poise of Barolo and the patience of R. López. Grace and power. #volcanicsoils

Etna with the poise of Barolo and the patience of R. López. Grace and power. #volcanicsoils

Mar 7th, 2017
Christian Ford

Not really what I was expecting. Have had a variety of Calabretta wines in the past and immensely enjoyed them. This one had some heat and some rubbing alcohol/pencil shavings. Not sure if it was bottle specific or what, but will try again.

Not really what I was expecting. Have had a variety of Calabretta wines in the past and immensely enjoyed them. This one had some heat and some rubbing alcohol/pencil shavings. Not sure if it was bottle specific or what, but will try again.

Apr 26th, 2020