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San Lorenzo Etna Rosso D.O.C.

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The Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is from 4 hectares of vineyards in the same named district in the town of Randazzo. The vines are more than 70 years and the altitude is 750 meters above sea level, the soil is almost pure volcanic sand. The estimated production is about 60 hl. The terroir in contrada San Lorenzo is originated by lava flows and volcanoclastic deposits related to the effusive and explosive activity of the the Ellittico eruptive center, which dates back from 60,000 to 15,000 years ago. Although very young by geological standards, the soils from the Ellittico eruption are the oldest superficial strata in which one may plant. The reason is simple: millennia of lava flows have buried all older soils, leaving, in fact, only very small and rare parcels of Ellittico soils. On the northern slopes of Etna there are four or five Contrade that have terroir from the Ellittico. Three, however, have mixed soils, blending soil from Ellittico of igneous nature with alluvial soils of sedimentary nature due to the overflowing of the Alcantara river. Only two Contrade out of hundreds and hundreds are “pure” terroir Ellittico: Calderara and San Lorenzo. I wanted to mention this on their labels, so as to facilitate a distinction. The wine from this cru is particularly rich, fruity and has very soft tannins, making it velvety and voluptuous on the palate.

PROFILE:

Name: San Lorenzo Etna Rosso D.O.C.
Area of production: contrada San Lorenzo, township of Randazzo (Catania)
Varietals: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio.
Vineyard extension: 4 hectars.
Production per hectar: 5 tons per hectar.
Soil: volcanic, the soil is quite deep and with a small presence of stones
Exposure: Northern slope of the Mount Etna, 700-750 meters a.s.l.
Age of vines: 50-100 years old.
Annual production: 1.500 bottles.
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