In Australia, raccontano i vini dell’Etna in questo modo
2013 Cantina Passopisciaro Etna Rosso, Sicily, about $70.
Made from the Sicilian native grape nerello mascalese, a variety that brings to mind a hypothetical cocktail of pinot noir, nebbiolo and a dash of carignan for good measure. The rich volcanic vineyard soils of Etna are on full display with aromas of warm, smoky earth characters combining with mixed Mediterranean spices. The flavours are uncompromisingly savoury, with characters of Italian herbs and minerals and a bright sour-cherry acidity keeping this medium-bodied wine on its toes, notwithstanding its alcoholic strength of 14 per cent. If you enjoy chateauneuf or barolo, give it a try.