• wine prephylloxera etna rosso doc sicily
  • wine prephylloxera etna rosso doc sicily
  • wine prephylloxera etna rosso doc sicily
  • wine prephylloxera etna rosso doc sicily
  • wine prephylloxera etna rosso doc sicily

Prephylloxera Etna Rosso D.O.C.
The vineyard of Don Peppino

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In front and to the right of our cellar in Calderara Sottana there are two parcels, in the midst of a larger vineyard that have survived phylloxera. They, therefore, are over 130 years old and stand on their original rootstock. In 2006 I decided to vinify the grapes from those parcels separately. 2006 was a splendid vintage, rather on the monumental side. These parcels yielded a wine of such unearthly finesse that, although the wine from the neighboring old vines was a real beauty, the Prephylloxera, displaying a very similar character, seemed to feed from heavenly pastures: the quintessence of Calderara. It is a bit shier and will need more time than its younger sibling. I rarely advice decanting a wine, but in this case I do. Its elegance is measured, its authority understated, its sophistication effortless. A grand wine. I suggest many savoury fine courses in very moderate quantities. Allow the wine to grow as the dinner does.

PROFILE:

Name: Etna Rosso D.O.C.
Area of production: Township of Randazzo.
Varietals: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio.
Vineyard extension: 0,80 hectars.
Production per hectar: 4-5 tons per hectar.
Soil: Black volcanic pumice, some ash.
Exposure: Northern.
Age of vines: 130 a 140 anni.
Annual production: 3.000 bottles.
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