Opened at 9 AM and for 5 hours it smelled like spoiled cooked meat, it really put me off. By 6 pm the nose had a smoky sweetness. On the palate layers of silky, smoky dark fruit, tobacco all infused with I can only describe as a sweet or syrupy undertone, in a good way. I cannot imagine what one his his higher end ones are like because this just blew me away because of the layers.
My last of several. Unfortunately this once beautiful wine is over the hill. A sad day. The 97's were gorgeous. The nose was still there but it tasted like sour cherries. I let it breath for 2 hours and wonder if maybe it oxidized. Sometimes older wines have a short window one you open them.
Opened at 11:30 am to drink at 7 pm. Smelled briny, like an over the hill Burgundy. Looked like red swamp water.
At 7pm beautiful wine. Clean rustic fruit. When I say clean, there was nothing inhibiting the fruit, such as oak. The fermenting process in cement makes this different from any wine I've ever tasted. The nose and taste I can only compare to an aged Burgundy but with a hard to explain cleaner and purer fruit. Others thought the nose was like an Amarone. By far the WOTN. My next action is to buy more!
3/31/2014 2:53:00 PM - Agreed, the Etna wines are unique to me because I find the body of the wine lighter, but with all the same flavors and depth of a great Italian wine. Thank you for the recommendations. I will try Passopisciaro" and "I Vigneri di Salvo Foti". It is like another world of great wines discovered!
3/31/2014 12:56:00 PM - I love so much the Etna wines! They are very distinctive Sicilian wines, unusual for the Mediterranean climate of Sicily.
The Etna are almost "mountain wine", extremely fine wine and with very complex nose. Are more similar to a Barbaresco (or a Burgundy), that other Sicilian red wines (Nero D'Avola, etc.).
Tenuta delle Terre Nere make several individual crus of great quality. I like very much also "Il Quadro delle Rose Feudo di Mezzo" and "Calderara Sottana". The "Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino" in Italy is very known and appreciated, and has had many major awards.
If you get the chance I recommend also the other best producers of Etna wines: "Benanti", "Passopisciaro" and "I Vigneri di Salvo Foti". They are all great winery and they make really very fine wines.
Ciao from Italy! Cheers!