Red

2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • > Sicily
  • > Etna DOC
Drink between 2014 - 2020
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • Nanda wrote: (91 points)

    September 19, 2014 - Translucent brown-ruby in the glass. Lifted and pronounced nose has red berries, earth and leather notes. Palate bursts with acidity and earthy, rustic, red fruit flavor. Excellent grip and tension across the mid-palate into medium+ finish. Palate echoes the nose with some cigar and ash notes added. There is modest complexity here and terrific balance. This is dialed in for pizza or pasta with a red sauce. Good stuff.

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  • Wine-Strategies Likes this wine:

    September 13, 2014 - My fourth from a case, and I think I've got this one figured out: give it air. I followed the nose on this roughly every 20 minutes until the three hour mark, the transformation from start to finish was remarkable, and well worth the wait. Reductive, slightly bretty as the cork was pulled, the wine transformed by hour three into an elegant, beautifully perfumed wine with gentle textures, fresh acids and well integrated tannins. This is in the sweet spot now, with proper aeration, or cellar for up to five more years. 14,5% (fully integrated), highly recommended

    Served non-blind. Begs for food, though my wife commented that she was just as happy to have it on its own, too.

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  • studleytrey Likes this wine: (92 points)

    September 6, 2014 - Have had a few of these now, and while I'm going from memory from a few weeks back (CT tab left open), I recall a lovely transparent crimson color with light bricking, aromas of red fruit, ashy/smokey notes, herbs, and a distinct cinnamon element, and flavors of tart red fruits and minerals on the medium body and finish, with medium+ acidity. A lovely wine for pizzas and lighter meats and pastas. Loves red sauce/gravy.

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  • Finare Vinare wrote: (92 points)

    September 4, 2014 - Quite a big nose with depth and complexity. Tastes like a maturing traditional Serralunga barolo. Sturdy tannins, rustic fruit, dark minerality, grapefruit bitterness. Has more guts and potential for further cellaring than the '01 a few years ago. Improved with 24h in the fridge.

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  • Bob H wrote:

    August 22, 2014 - Translucent ruby in the glass; some funkiness that blurs the red-fruited nose.

    Bright and clean/sharp on the palate; presents with more acidity than I remember from my last bottle. Tannic bite on the finish; okay right now popped & poured by itself, but I think this will round into shape with the quattro formaggi pizza that my wife is currently preparing.

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Wine Definition

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 59 (23%)
  • In Cellars 166 (64%)
  • Consumed 33 (13%)

Food Pairing

pasta, pizza, pork, tomato sauce, veal

Who Likes This Wine

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