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2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso
- Etna DOC
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.
wine strategies 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
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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- Vintage 2004
- Type Red
- Producer Calabretta
- Varietal Nerello Mascalese
- Designation Rosso
- Vineyard n/a
- Country Italy
- Region Sicily
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation Etna DOC
- UPC Code 751527270949
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- In Cellars 192 (43%)
- Consumed 258 (57%)
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