Holy aromatherapy, Batman! I just stuck my schnoz in this wine after being open for a full day and it's still going full bore: flowers, tea spice, and orange peel. Drinks a bit like a Burgundy with lots of sap and root spice. And did I say it's only $16 a bottle? As if that wasn't enough reason to pounce on a few bottles that guy from the Wine Advocate who covers Italy, Antonio Galloni, called the previous vintage "a poor man's Burgundy or Barolo." For what it's worth, I just poured a bit for a customer who loves Pinot. He said he could the smell the wine before he'd raised the glass to his nose and was sorta surprised by how smooth it was for an Italian wine, particularly one from the Sicily.
Here's the WA review for the 2008:
|Wine Advocate # 189
|Antonio Galloni||89||Drink: 2010 - 2016||$20 (20)|
|The 2008 Etna Rosso is a rock-star wine for the money. The purity and depth of the dark red fruit is remarkable, while the finesse in the tannins is commendable for a wine in this price range. Sweet tobacco, flowers and spices linger on the finish. Consider the Etna Rosso a poor man's Burgundy or Barolo. It is a great effort at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016.
Proprietor Marc de Grazia is one of the pioneers of the Etna. Not only was he among the first producers to recognize the value of these once-forgotten, ancient terroirs, he also was the first producer to bring attention to the specific qualities of these vineyards by bottling single-parcel Nerellos that have become reference-point wines for the Etna.