Calabretta

Vecchie Vigne Sicilia Nerello Mascalese

9.15 ratings
8.92 pro ratings
Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese
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Masses of crushed black cherries laced with Christmas spice, lavender and dusty cedar waft up from the 2010 Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie. It’s fleshy and round upon entry, offering ripe cherries, plums and burnt citrus that saturate the palate. Brisk acids work hard to add vibrancy and lift, in spite of the staining of concentrated primary fruit that lingers throughout the finish. The result is one of gravelly tension yet also satisfaction, like biting into a fresh yet tart raspberry. The 2010 Vigne Vecchie is the current release for this bottling, which spends six or seven years refining in 50- to 70-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. It’s an experience wine, to say the least. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)

Masses of crushed black cherries laced with Christmas spice, lavender and dusty cedar waft up from the 2010 Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie. It’s fleshy and round upon entry, offering ripe cherries, plums and burnt citrus that saturate the palate. Brisk acids work hard to add vibrancy and lift, in spite of the staining of concentrated primary fruit that lingers throughout the finish. The result is one of gravelly tension yet also satisfaction, like biting into a fresh yet tart raspberry. The 2010 Vigne Vecchie is the current release for this bottling, which spends six or seven years refining in 50- to 70-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. It’s an experience wine, to say the least. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2021)

Jun 10th, 2021
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
Peter Wassam

Singing right now. Silky cherry and some tarry notes. Awesome finish

Singing right now. Silky cherry and some tarry notes. Awesome finish

Nov 14th, 2020
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
Tony Forsell

Tony had this 8 months ago

Tony had this 8 months ago

Dec 5th, 2020