This versatile Italian red is Sicily’s answer to Pinot noir (VinePair)

Put down the Pinot Noir and step away from the corkscrew. There’s a new light red in town, and — I’m going to say it —it’s better.

Nerello Mascalese isn’t some sommelier favorite that’s hard to pronounce and impossible to find outside of hipster wine bars. It’s the people’s grape of Mount Etna, Sicily, and one of the few varieties that have survived centuries of trends, phylloxera, and volcanic eruptions.

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L’Etna by Guido Borelli

Sicily is no stranger to grapevines, but most of the island’s modern winemaking has focused on bulk production and sweet Marsala. While certain growers were caving to economic pressures and replanting ancient vineyards with high-yielding varieties destined for bulk wine, Nerello Mascalese continued to silently thrive. A longtime local favorite, it’s also getting its due beyond the confines of the Mediterranean’s largest island. Continue reading “This versatile Italian red is Sicily’s answer to Pinot noir (VinePair)”

Pinot Nero Terre Siciliane 2012 Azienda Vinicola Calabretta

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Rubino e consistente nel bicchiere, sicuramente aiutato da una percentuale in volume di alcol attorno al 15% al naso spinge le proprie note speziate, fragoline di bosco, marasca, cioccolato amaro, legno di liquirizia, fine ed elegante come solo il pinot nero vinificato magistralmente può essere, al palato entra leggero e fresco, il tannino e il frutto si impadroniscono della bocca, la sapidità gonfia il petto e dimostra potenza, equilibrato e fine, con un finale fresco, fruttato e caldo, vendemmia del 2012 con ancora anni davanti, buon rapporto qualità-prezzo.

Azienda VinicolaCalabretta
Via Bonaventura 178A
95036 Randazzo (CT)

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