2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso Piede Franco

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Etna DOC
Drink between 2014 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 73

  • PaulusLoZebra Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 21, 2017 - Consumed over two nights, with no decanting; in my experience Etna reds (even one 12 years old !) benefit from a decanting 30-60 minutes before serving, but it was not possible this time – unannounced guests !

    Translucent brick color with orange edges; nice dark cherry fragrances right from the start, it developed fully after one hour to show earth, a hint of barnyard, iodine, raw steak, more dark cherry; delicious, complex flavors, with a firm mineral taste that is very long; great structure, with firm acidity and grainy tannins in balance. Even better night two, showing leather and dried cherry, dried strawberry; great spiciness and complexity.

    As usual, Calabretta is the most rustic of the Etna reds, and rewards those patient enough to wait until air does its magic. A great food wine (not for cocktails) and a great QPR.

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  • wine strategies (TWP) Likes this wine:

    January 4, 2017 - Started off a little rough, but finished in solid form. This needed aeration in decanter given how it was presenting after the cork pull. So, a full two hours later, this had transformed from the beast into the beauty. A lovely mature Nerello Mascalese nearing the end of its preferred window. This is #11 from a case I got on release, and it's probably in the top two or three of the box (i.e. fair amount of variation). Very nice value at $25. recommended

    Served non-blind. (the tiny corks crack me up)

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  • Cote d'Or wrote:

    December 30, 2016 - PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs
    -nearly semi-translucent mild bricking
    -dusty earthy cherry iodine mature elements
    -med/med+ acidity, med- weight good intensity minerality, med/med+ chalky volcanic tannins
    -fully mature, suspect there isn't enough mid-palate sap to predict further improvement, not as vibrant or complex as the 2002 was

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • theronware wrote: flawed

    December 11, 2016 - Full of band-aidy Brett. Down the sink it went.

  • PaulusLoZebra wrote: (94 points)

    November 27, 2016 - Brick Color; fragrances of earth and sweet dark cherry, raw steak; powerful flavors of sweet dark fruits, with a racy acidity and a very long, sweet, savory finish. Like many wines of Piedmont and Burgundy, this has a light, clear, almost translucent color that in no way prepares you for its full-bodied texture. Hints of citrus and exotic spice, like a fine Barolo Chinato. With its secondary and tertiary flavors of an aged wine on top of its firm structure, acid backbone, firm tannins and great length, this is a great wine.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Calabretta
  • Varietal Nerello Mascalese
  • Designation Rosso Piede Franco
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Etna DOC
  • UPC Code 751527270949

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 184 (41%)
  • Consumed 266 (59%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

almost anything, grilled meat, pasta, pizza, pork, tomato sauce, veal

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