Fresh and food friendly as always but slightly discombobulated. Quite some heat on the back end. We stored this at less than perfect place for some months but not sure if it's that or if these nerellos go through some sort of tunnel, and if that's the case, whether they will come out on the other side? Also, we opened this at warmer temperature than I use to serve these beauties, and no real aeration, and the simplest of glass ware was used. So there you have the full range of possible excuses from a die hard fan of these Etna wines. All I know is that these have been extremely good upon release, and good value at that.
Terre nere (black soil) indeed, in fact this was dripping with it - good thing I love soil notes. The palate showed best below 65F, with a touch of brett, ripe pomegranate and good acidity. Better on night #2, this continues to impress and satisfy - the low price, just a bonus. 14,5% abv (mostly resolved). recommended
Opened up considerably after around half an hour. Cherry, cola/sarsparilla and slight herbal notes on the nose; on the palate the wine presents nice acidity, moderate tannins and flavors to match its aromas. Less concentrated, for better or worse, than I remember prior vintages being. While Etna reds are often compared to Burgundies, this wine actually reminded me of a high-end Beaujolais in some ways.
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