2013 Graci Etna Rosso ArcuriaNerello Mascalese from Italy
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"Sicily has a colorful yet mysterious reputation, a land of vast diversity and contradiction. In no category is this more perfectly represented than by wine, with the inky, rob...
- 95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 93 Wine Enthusiast
- 92+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Beautiful depth and seriousness to this red with chewy tannins that are polished and fine showing a ripe yet fresh fruit underneath the structure. Full-bodied, firm and racy. Long and flavorful. Gorgeous. Drink or hold."
93 Wine Enthusiast
"Underbrush, menthol, new leather and black-skinned berry aromas emerge in the glass. The smooth, full-bodied palate delivers juicy black cherry, baking spice, tobacco and mineral alongside firm, velvety tannins. -KO"
92+ Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
"Bright red. Reticent nose hints at red berries, minerals and flowers. Smooth and dense but juicy too, with flavors of red berries, cherry and minerals lifted by peppery acidity and a bright floral note. Finishes clean and long. There’s a lovely seamless quality to this still-youthful but extremely promising red. "
"Sicily has a colorful yet mysterious reputation, a land of vast diversity and contradiction. In no category is this more perfectly represented than by wine, with the inky, robust wines of western Sicily contrasting with the oxidized white wines of Marsala, the fruity, ripe wines of Vittoria in the southeast, and finally the ethereal, unique wines originating from the live volcano that looms over Catania on the eastern shore. Graci, situated on the north slope of Mount Etna at Passopisciaro, is found in an area where viticulture dates back several thousand years. Their vineyards sit at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level. Planting density ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Many of the vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by the phylloxera scourge thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils.
At Graci, young Alberto Aiello Graci remains steadfast in his respect for local traditions as well as the distinct nature of each vintage and only cultivates traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna: the red grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, and white grapes Carricante and Catarratto. Intervention of any kind is extremely limited, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. They do not use herbicides in order to preserve the unique balance and vital energy of the soil. They do not use barriques, but only the big, upright, wooden casks known as tini and large, well-used wood barrels. Their sole objective is to reflect the personalities of their vineyards and the sublime differences between each and every harvest." - Importer
95 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
93 - Wine Enthusiast
92+ - Ian Dagata - Vinous Media
|Taste||red cherry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, sweet spice and mineral|
|Nose||red cherry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, sweet spice and mineral|