Calcagno Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese
Grape: Nerello Mascalese
It’s difficult not to get excited by Etna as a region, rich volcanic soils bring soooooo much to the wine, and the longevity and evolution is often compared to great Burgundy. I love Etna Rosso because they’re such a versatile wine, great alone, great with food. In 2006, Siblings Franco, Gianni and Giusy Calcagno inherited vineyards from their late grandfather, and while they knew they had to keep with tradition, they also wanted to experiment a little with the incredible bounty they had work with. Their property is located near Passopisciaro, and they only grow the traditional local varieties of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, and Caricante. Their 2015 vintage is sublime, aged in French oak for 8 months, full of dense red fruit, cherry, crushed raspberry, loaaaads of minerality, slatey, salty, crushed rock goodness, enough acid and body to hold up to any food you can throw at it. Drink now, but this baby will continue to evolve in bottle and will only get sexier.