2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso Piede Franco

Nerello Mascalese

  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Etna DOC
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Community Tasting Notes 75

  • angryphoton wrote: (89 points)

    September 16, 2017 - Initially very funky but give it 30 minutes of air and it blows off. Nice balance and ready for business. Classic cherry, tar, and some earthy soil flavors, very old world and rustic.

  • Bob H wrote:

    August 18, 2017 - Just an editorial note here - I guess someone petitioned CT to revise the name of this wine. I have no idea what Piede Franco is supposed to signify, but that phrase is not on the label.

    Light translucent ruby, with a funky nose featuring cherry fruit - I could see this nose bothering folks, but I don't find it objectionable.

    A little lacking in acidity on the palate - not bad, but not overly memorable either.

  • 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.

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  • wine strategies (TWP) 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

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Calabretta
  • Varietal Nerello Mascalese
  • Designation Rosso Piede Franco
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Italy
  • Region Sicily
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Etna DOC
  • UPC Code 751527270949

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 172 (38%)
  • Consumed 278 (62%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

almost anything, grilled meat, pasta, pizza, pork, tomato sauce, veal

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