Terre Nere, Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 750ml 2015Italy, Sicily
Four of the Terre Nere estate's parcels lie in Calderara Sottana at an elevation of 600-700 metres. By far the rockiest cru in the appellation, in the roughest parts you can't see the soil for the black volcanic pumice carpeting the vineyards.
'Calderara Sottana’s soil is easily recognizable at first sight. Of all the crus of the Etna appellation it is by far the stoniest. So much so, that in the most remarkable examples you cannot see the soil for the stones: fist sized, light weight, black volcanic pumice. The word Calderara is reminiscent of 'caldera' or 'cauldron', probably due to the fact that the black rocks hold the day’s heat through part of the night. The elevation is 600-700 metres. Harvest is sometime in the second to third week of October. Locally the cru has an outstanding reputation.
Our Calderara Sottana is a single vineyard wine produced only from vineyards between 50-100 years old. Of all our single vineyard wines it is perhaps the most complete: much like a wide angle lens encompasses the most ample panorama, so Calderara seems to contain and display the widest spectrum of flavors, bouquets, nuances. Floral and spicy, leathery and aromatic, it delivers a wonderful filling sensation on the palate, yet stepping lightly. Don Peppino, whose devotion to Calderara led him to work our vineyards for seventy years, best describes the wines of Calderara: they are 'creamy', he says. And he’s right. Poultry, red meats, game, pasta, pecorino and bread.' – Winemaker
'Vivid medium dark red. Piercing aromas of red cherry, minerals and soy sauce. The flavors are similar to the aromas, with an underlying element of crushed rock that adds a welcome saline note contributing freshness. Very mineral round and smooth, this is atypically shaped for a Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso. Closes long with hints of orange peel, Mediterranean herbs and minerals. The bright mineral sheen and Burgundy-like aromas and flavors are typical Calderara Sottana, though this strikes me as being just a little softer and rounder than usual.' – Ian D'Agata, Vinous.com, 93/100
'Notably stony soils at 600-700 m (1,968-2,296 ft) facing north. Vines are 70 years old. Mid crimson. Very rich, deep and round. Dry tannic end. Brooding and long.' – Jancis Robinson 17/20
'A bright and harmonious version, with a thread of citrus and spice unraveling through the generous raspberry and mulberry fruit, while supple tannins and a hint of tar focus the finish.' – Wine Spectator, 92/100
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