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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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+