It is a gorgeous showcase of the standard and worth of the wines popping out of Sicily nowadays. For a few years, it was Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s most planted purple selection, that captured the wine world’s consideration. However the Nero d’Avola craze has receded, and the joy is now across the lesser-known Nerello Mascalese grape — and for good purpose.
Nerello Mascalese produces phenomenal wines born in Sicily’s volcanic soils and bottled below the Etna Rosso denomination of origin (DOC), named after the extremely lively Mount Etna volcano. Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s 2019 Etna Rosso is a high instance.
When you’re not acquainted with Nerello Mascalese, consider Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo — the perfumed purple fruits of the previous and the earthiness of the latter. Burgundy meets Barolo in wines which may be among the many world’s best values proper now.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s 2019 Etna Rosso is the entry-level providing of this property owned by the Italian wine impresario Marc de Grazia and set on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. The grapes —95 p.c Nerello Mascalese and 5 p.c Nerello Cappuccio — are from organically farmed vines, each younger and previous.
The ruby-colored 2019 Etna Rosso is younger and refreshing, however already refined and chic with aromas and tastes of blueberry, raspberry, earth, moist stone, and hints of purple and black licorice. It’s all framed by refreshing acidity and a reasonably aggressive tannic structure. A 12 months or so of growing older in massive French oak barrels is clear however doesn’t dominate. It is a wine to take pleasure in now or to put down for a couple of years.
It was the right accompaniment to a roasted cauliflower and pancetta dish I’ve been making, seasoned and tossed simply earlier than serving with a combination of chopped Kalamata olives, garlic, and purple pepper flakes mixed in olive oil. Different pairings embrace roasted meats, rooster, salmon, and quite a lot of pasta dishes.
You’ll discover Tenuta delle Terre Nere’s 2019 Etna Rosso for round $22, which — at a fraction of the value of a superb bottle of Burgundy or Barolo — makes it an actual cut price.