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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerTenuta delle Terre Nere (web)
VarietyNerello Mascalese
AppellationEtna DOC
UPC Code(s)8033182051029

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2023 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 23 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Erik12903 on 1/1/2016: Drank this too early probably, either off bottle or in a tunnel and not finding its way out, thin, green, discombobulated. Ended up cooking some small onions in the last part of the bottle. (536 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 11/12/2015: Lovely, balanced, resolved red fruit with some dried spice, long finish. Shows some age and some resolution to the palate, but not that exciting overall. Canton Lounge. (752 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 6/21/2014 & rated 93 points: As lovely as during last tasting. The most amazing feature of this effort is the fruit. It is so expressive, yet very delicate and has an almost subtle way of exposing itself. There are red currant, cherry and lovely lime zest but also the very typical tones of lava and earth. All combined into a stunning whole. The palate adds nicely to the overall experience with perfect balance, but still rather harsh silky tannins. I am confident the wine will integrate even better with time. The length on the finish lasts som 50 seconds and adds that little extra oohmpff. An amazing wine! (2347 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 5/8/2014: Consumed across two days. On the first day it was tight, tight, tight. Really quite austere but smokey and loaded with minerals. On the second day it really unfolded to show much more depth of fruit with zingy acidity. These wines are really just fantastically fresh and delicious with sneaky complexity. (3281 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 4/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Nose is very tight, but on the palate this is extremely well made, elegant, silky, and with a fantastic freshness and purity. I think this is a keeper - should only improve over the next 10 yrs. (2251 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 3/14/2014 flawed bottle: Very muted and restrained. Clear tones of smoky lava. Most likely 3-5 % corked which makes it impossible to write a proper Tasting Note. (2319 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 2/27/2014: This was really good, hit me just right. Tasted blind. Lighter ruby colored. Aromatics of florals, potpourri, fresh berry. Raspberry, dried flower, watermelon jolly rancher, strawberry--just a lot of fresh red fruits that come across in a balanced way. Dusty finish. Terrific. (1297 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 2/27/2014: G5 - Variety is the Spice of Life (Juliette): Blind. This sat out all day and was still very wrapped up. Color reminded me of a Pinot noir and the fruit was red. The wine is very coarse and significant complexity. Very interesting and I enjoyed it. Medium plus finish with the oak showing as light coffee. Advice, if drinking now then open the night before. No fear of this wine falling apart. (2446 views)
 Tasted by MWiking on 10/23/2013 & rated 90 points: kokta grönsaker, paprika och salmiak på näsan,

sen stod det inget mer i mina notes men det var förvånande gott. (1615 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 8/22/2013 & rated 93 points: The Guardiola is a wine I could probably write a book about. I will refrain from that tonight, but still - what a wine this is! The nose provides deep intense lava tones, red fruit, subtle cherry and red grapefruit adjoined by an elegant but very expressive palate. Acidity, fruit and tannins are in perfect harmony and sings the most beautiful song one could ever imagine. This wine is a super effort which boasts of tender love and care in the vineyard and winery. It is for sure elegant and actually measures up to high quality efforts from Burgundy. The Guardiola is a wine I could recommend to anyone in doubt of the quality level of Etna wines! This particular vintage will benefit from a few more years in the cellar, but if you do not mind a few hard edges it drinks perfectly today too - after some aeration. (1768 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 8/9/2013 & rated 93 points: Do not be mistaken, this is not Grand Vin and it never will be. Yet, it is brilliantly mind boggling and one of the most complex and elegant wines available from Etna. The 2010 Guardiola is pure youth at present, still it exhibits the wonderful lava perfume adjoined by subtle morellos and subtle strawberry. The palate reveals velvety like tannins, which are more on the harsh side but still very soft. The acidity is perfect - as is the overall experience. This is a true beauty which will develop into a swan given some time. The wines from Tenuta delle Terre Nere keep impressing me over and over again. There is absolutely no doubt they are made with great love and a skillful hand. Bravo! (1963 views)
 Tasted by Chaz Bham on 5/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Lovely aromatics of red fruit skins and blossoms. The fruit is denser than the entry level Etna Rosso, and there is some toasted oak. Nice complexity, and a reasonable value at $38, outshining quite a few $70 Burgundies I have tried lately. A few extra points on the score just for the aromatics alone. (1786 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 3/3/2013 & rated 91 points: Holy moley, this is just great. Tart and leathery. It has the weight of a Pinot, but there is an acidic edge that leans to Italy and an earthy edge that hearkens to the Rhone. Yum! (3029 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 2/23/2013 & rated 93 points: A wonderful expression of this super wine. The 010 Guardiola reveals an abundance of complexity despite being so young. The sandy lava like nose is surrounded by a thick velvety veil of mature red fruits. Adding to this is thyme and sage. The palate is perfectly balanced and will integrate with some more time in the cellar. Compared to the 09 Guardiola, the 010 reveals ample compared to somewhat restrained fruit. It is also a little bit more dense and compact. Still, this wine is a perfect acquaintance for any Pinot Noir lover. She or he would certainly be surprised. (1914 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 1/23/2013 & rated 93 points: As always a brilliant wine which is certainly light on its feet but has an intrinsic depth and an amazing balance. The nose offers abundant minerals and subtle volcanic "ash" combined with red currant and smooth cherries. The palate is nicely balanced with close to no tannins but a better integration is yet to be revealed. My guess is a year or two in the cellar will help - and make the wine even more delicious than it is today. A master effort worth trying out! (1764 views)
 Tasted by robw on 1/12/2013 & rated 94 points: This vintage carries much more fruit than the 09. Yet the deference to terroir is always there. Another brilliant Etna wine that will drink well for a decade. Kudos. (1568 views)
 Tasted by spillwine on 12/8/2012 & rated 87 points: Nez interéssant, sinon rien de spécial (1295 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/17/2012 & rated 90 points: Complex bouquet with flowers, minerals, red fruits, green herbs and earthiness. On the palate a somewhat sweet start, a lot of ripe red fruit juice, sweet spices from the oak, some earthiness and minerals and drying tannin. Early drinking stage now, probably a bit better around 2015, but not for extreme long ageing. 90+ (1295 views)

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Vinous, Central And Southern Italy: A Wine Lover's Paradise (Feb 2013)
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JancisRobinson.com (9/4/2012)
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Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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The two vineyards in Santo Spirito are the last ones we bought, the second property acquired in two steps. Santo Spirito is adjacent to Guardiola’s northern boundary and lower in altitude as its slopes descend towards the Alcantara valley. And though adjacent, it couldn’t be more different. An outstandingly beautiful location, gentle wide terraces flowing sweetly in striking contrast to steep, graggy Guardiola. Again, Santo Spirito’s soil is deep rich volcanic ash, its grass a lush emerald green, its vigorous vines displaying a well fed abundance. Santo Spirito’s wines are luscious and sensual, always seductive in their almost fleshy bouquet, and in their buttermilk richness. And yet there’s still a balance and a purity there, very sophisticated, yes, but tender as well. Generous and vulnerable at once.

The estate is located in the northern slopes of the volcano, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo, the area historically recognized as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. The property consists of over 30 hectars, divided into 10 parcels in four crus, with a total vineyard surface of 23 hectars, which we mean to enlarge to 30-32 hectars. Except for 6 hectars recently planted, the rest are between 50 and 100 years old. One parcel, having survived phylloxera, has reached the venerable age of 130-140 years old. The soils differ very much from cru to cru, and even within the crus themselves. The same is true of the altitudes, our vineyards ranging between 600 and 1000 metres above sea level. In Santo Spirito we have two vineyards as well. Although adjacent to Guardiola, the soil is dramatically different: a rich deep volcanic ash so fine as to call to mind talcum powder, were it not jet black. Besides estate owned vineyards, Terre Nere has long term leases on 4 hectars and buys grapes from small local vignerons who follow our organic procedures. All our wines are produced from local varieties, and all are D.O.C. Etna.


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