From: Sicily, Italy
Varietals: 95% Nerello mascalese and 5% Nerello cappuccio
Taste: This Etna Rosso boasts an array of complex aromas of bright red berries and wild cherries. As the wine opens up, hints of pomegranate and a base of sea-salt minerality become more apparent. The wine is lively on the palate, with fine tannins perfectly balanced by a refreshing acidity. The wine's red fruit flavors are complemented by subtle hints of floral notes and tea leaves, underscored by graphite.
Winemaker notes. The Terre Nere vineyards are located at extremely high altitudes - 2100' to 2900' above sea level. The hot sun, cool breeze and cold nights make Terre Nere wines extraordinarily fine and elegant. A brilliant cohesion of craft, skill and deliciousness!
Blend: 95% Nerello Mascalese, 5% Nerello Cappuccio
WS 91 Wine Spectator
A lively red that dances across the palate, with juicy wild cherry and strawberry fruit, light, fine tannins and fragrant accents of tea leaves, violet, graphite and spices. Drink now.
Pairing: This gorgeous red is also an extremely versatile one that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are some suggested pairings:
Grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic
Beef tenderloin with a red wine reduction
Roasted duck breast with cherry sauce
Mushroom risotto with Parmesan cheese
The wine's bright acidity and firm tannins make it an excellent pairing with rich, hearty dishes like grilled lamb or beef tenderloin. The wine's flavors of dark cherry and black tea also complement the earthy flavors of mushroom dishes and roasted vegetables.
Pasta alla Norma, a Sicilian dish made with eggplant, tomato sauce, and ricotta salata cheese
Arancini, a Sicilian street food made with fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and meat sauce
Salsiccia e friarielli, a Neapolitan dish of sautéed broccoli rabe and sausage
In terms of regional pairings, the wine's Sicilian origin suggests pairing it with traditional Sicilian dishes like pasta alla Norma or arancini. The wine's sea-salt minerality and bright acidity also make it a good match for the salty and savory flavors of Salsiccia e friarielli.
Portobello mushroom burger with roasted red peppers and goat cheese
Roasted vegetable tart with goat cheese and thyme
For vegetarian dishes, the wine's fruit flavors and firm tannins make it an excellent match for dishes with earthy flavors like eggplant Parmesan or roasted vegetable tarts. The wine's acidity also makes it a good match for dishes with tangy or acidic ingredients like roasted red peppers or goat cheese.
About. Tenuta delle Terre Nere is a much beloved and world-class winery in the volcanic region of Mount Etna in Sicily. The estate has gained global recognition for producing some of the world's finest red wines using Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grape varietals.
The estate's proprietor, Marc de Grazia, was instrumental in elevating Mount Etna red wines to world-class status two decades ago. The winery takes full advantage of the mountain's volcanic soil and high-altitude microclimate to produce wines that exude minerality, freshness, and aromatic complexity. Their Etna Rosso is a blend of 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio and undergoes a 16-month aging process in large French oak casks, followed by an additional month in stainless steel.
The wine is certified organic, reflecting the estate's commitment to sustainable and responsible viticulture practices.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere's philosophy is centered around their respect for nature and their commitment to expressing the refined and multifaceted microcosm of the ancient volcanic land. They believe that the finest workmanship in all aspects of viticulture is the first thing that sets them apart. They focus on vineyard management to obtain the best and most consistent ripening, enabling them to bring home exceptionally fine grapes and not be invasive in their cellar work. Their goal is to express the character of their varieties in their specific terroir, allowing the wine's natural flavors and aromas to shine through.
Their ideals drive them to give their best to create the ideal bond between what nature gives them and what their sensitivity, experience, and imagination suggest. The winery's great team, delicate hand, and heightened sensibility set them apart from other producers, making them a benchmark in the wine industry.
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