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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 8 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerTenuta delle Terre Nere (web)
VarietyNerello Mascalese
DesignationCalderara Sottana
AppellationEtna DOC
UPC Code(s)8033182050985

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2023 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 16 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Edouard84 on 7/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Great acidity, some tertiary notes on the nose. Fine tannins but slightly bitter. I'd say the wine is at peak and should be drunk in the next 2 years. QPR is not good though, especially compared to the Etna Rosso (133 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/31/2015 & rated 90 points: Lots of red fruit, mostly cherry, on nose and palate. Spice hints. Good mineral notes throughout. Slightly firm start, good burst of energy from middle to end. (747 views)
 Tasted by Floyd77 on 11/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Spice, white pepper, bright fruit, long finish -- Balanced -- old world elegance and new world seduction (1072 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 9/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Always ethereal. Soaring nose, white pepper, rose and cherry. So vibrant and fresh yet with deceptively chewy structure. Love this! (2212 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 6/13/2014: Something of a savory element to the dark-cherry and stone fruit mixture. Aerated to decanter one hour, but that was not nearly enough as this showed best on the last glass, some 4 hours in. Even then, this was just beginning to unfold. Give this several more years of rest, or serious aeration if opening anytime soon; Nothing wow about it at this point. Medium-bodied(+), with the slightest EtOH signature still attached. Absent the elegance I've come to look for. Thru 2023 (2418 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Mostly red cherry with some red berries as well. Good fruit with modest spice and very good minerality and acidity. Lacy, exciting textures. (1979 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 4/21/2014 & rated 92 points: Chicago Italian Lovers round 10- Mt. Etna wines (Caro Mio, Chicago IL): Nose: There is a real elegance to the nose with dark red cherries, ash tones, minerals, red berries, spice notes, some earth, and perfumes. There is excellent depth with the tones just melding together.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium acidity and chewy tannins. The structure is very youthful and bordering on overwhelming. Beneath the structure lie dark red cherries, red berries, spices, ash, and some earth tones.

Overall: This is very young and elegant. It's showing off a lot to like and can certainly improve. (1524 views)
 Tasted by ekenneth on 3/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Rich, but still elegant wine with ample red berry fruit; cranberry, strawberry, fresh- not tart, but with structure, balanced by a earthy viscosity with a hint of juniper, wild herbs and pine. (1331 views)
 Tasted by epiphany on 3/7/2014 & rated 85 points: Disappointing at best. (1082 views)
 Tasted by sunnylea57 on 2/25/2014 & rated 89 points: This was closed down the first night. Not giving up anything. 24 hours later the nose had opened up with predominant floral notes, strawberry and raspberry, plus underlying tobacco and herbs. Medium plus body with dusty, firm tannins balanced by concentrated sour cherry and tangy cranberry, flowers, dried herbs, and bold, racy acidity. A long, tart finish. A enjoyably mouth-puckering experience. (1146 views)
 Tasted by studleytrey on 10/10/2013 & rated 92 points: Transparent cranberry red color. Big time ash on the nose, along with soil, leaves, dried herbs, and coffee, with cherry and strawberry sitting underneath. I'm a fan of the nose on this wine. Medium body, high acid, and medium+ finish—body and complexity gaining with air. Loads of red fruit, minerals, and bright acid on the palate. Lovely now; probably better in a few years. (1441 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 6/18/2013 & rated 87 points: Elegant, pale coloured, tight, fresh, with very good grip, not giving much on the nose right now - one should really wait another five + years. There is only upside (87-91) from here on. (1562 views)
 Tasted by Umay Ceviker on 4/9/2013 & rated 92 points: Pale garnet. Such a unique compelling nose swinging between meaty, bacony aromas and fresh, savoury cranberry. Scents of violets add to its complexity but the dominant basil notes identify the wine being present also on the palate. Tannins strike on the attack but are tamed by the rich fruit and the bright acidity to portray a zesty, racy, alluring experience. Truly one of a kind. (1549 views)
 Tasted by Barolo Raymond on 10/29/2012 & rated 88 points: The 'cru's' of Mount Etna (Salone di Gusto, Torino, Italy): Medium(-) ruby with garnet rim, viscous. Medium(-) developing nose rather closed nose of red berries, dried red fruits, some spice. Dry, medium acidity, light-medium(-) tannins, medium(-) body and medium alcohol. Medium flavors of strawberries, small red fruits with savory notes penetrating later upon opening. Elegant, light-footed. Good length with focussed fruit-driven finish. (2026 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/17/2012 & rated 92 points: 2012 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting (City View at Metreon, San Francisco, California): Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; juniper, red berry, currant nose; juniper, red berry, currant palate; medium-plus finish (1145 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Central And Southern Italy: A Wine Lover's Paradise (Feb 2013)
(Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/4/2012)
(Terre Nere, Calderara Sottana Etna Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/17/2012)
(Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Calderara Sottana) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; juniper, red berry, currant nose; juniper, red berry, currant palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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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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