Robert Parker – Guardiola 2010

2010 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Guardiola
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from Sicily, Italy,
Review by Antonio Galloni
WA # , #205 (Feb 2013)
Rating: 93
Drink 2013 – 2018
Cost: $32-$37

The most ethereal of these wines, the 2010 Etna Rosso Guardiola is quite soft and open for business. Kirsch, strawberries, mint, flower and herbs emerge form the glass, all supported by fine, silky tannins. A model of grace and elegance, the 2010 Guardiola impresses for its balance and total sense of finesse. Saline and floral notes inform the crystalline, translucent finish. This weightless, gracious Nerello Mascalese should continue to drink well over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. 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.

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