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2015 Calabretta Nerello CappuccioNerello Cappuccio from Italy

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"The Calabretta wines hail from the DOC of Etna Rosso in North-eastern Sicily. The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese with a bit Nerello Cappuccio inter...

  • 95 Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
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"Very deep ruby; this is an appropriate dark color for Nerello Cappuccio wines, which should always be darker than those made with Nerello Mascalese. Red cherry and blueberry aromas are lifted by a strong whiff of lavender and bay leaf on the autumnal nose. Then lively and juicy, with outstanding inner-mouth perfume to the red cherry and herbal flavors. Finishes vibrant and fresh, with hints of strawberry-rhubarb pie and tangerine peel. Completely different from the 2016 Nerello Mascalese (as it should be), but each of these wines will have its fans. This refined, discreet but very perfumed and flavorful Nerello Cappuccio will appeal more to those who like their reds herbal rather than overtly fruity."

Product Description:

"The Calabretta wines hail from the DOC of Etna Rosso in North-eastern Sicily. The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese with a bit Nerello Cappuccio interplanted. The vineyards are planted between 300 and 900 meters on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the distance for much of eastern Sicily. The soils are a combination of black volcanic ash and sand which are fine and almost silty, with lots of lava rocks and good drainage.

There is an old Nebbiolo-like profile to the wines. The aromas are steeped in dried cherries, tar, licorice, and hints of ashy/volcanic soil tones. Given the high elevation and big diurnal temperature shifts (they have ski slopes on Etna as well!), the wines retain a freshness and delineation that recalls a mature Barolo, northern Rhone or even a sturdier, earthier red Burg. Also, with the provenance and age of the wines, they represent a terrific relative value.

These are truly unique wines, and worth it for those Italian wine lovers who prefer pure, soulful, expressive wines from a truly unique terroir!" -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 113953
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Sub-Region Sicilia IGT
Ratings

95 - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 12.0%
Varietal(s) Nerello Cappuccio
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste red cherry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, sweet spice and mineral
Nose red cherry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, sweet spice and mineral