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Robert Parker - Calderara 2009

2009 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Sicily, Italy,
Review by Antonio Galloni
WA # , #205 (Feb 2013)
Rating: 91
Drink 2014 - 2024
Cost: $45


The 2009 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana is quite pretty in this vintage. As always, it is one of the more immediate wines in the range. The typically firm tannins are nicely balanced by an expressive, plush core of fruit that fills out the wine’s broad shouldered frame nicely. Dried flowers, savory herbs and a hint of tobacco add complexity to a firm, structured finish that is impossible to resist. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. The Etna boasts two reference point producers and a number of emerging growers. Along with Andrea Franchetti, proprietor Marco de Grazia continues to make compelling wines that set the standard for the Etna. De Grazia’s 2010s are a bit more ethereal than the 2009s, which have a little more mid-palate depth, but also a bit less finesse in my view. Both vintages have their strengths. I followed these wines over the greater part of a day and can report they perform best with 4-6 hours of aeration. A Marc de Grazia Selection, various American importers, including: de Grazia Imports; tel. (417) 732-4200; Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; (516) 677-9300, Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael CA; (415) 492 9411, Robert Houde Wines, Elk Grove Village, IL; tel. (847) 430-3887

Robert Parker - Calderara 2009