Friday, June 22, 2012

Tenuta del Terre Nere Etna Rosso, 2008

There are many ordinary wines from Sicily; this is not one of them. The steep slopes and volcanic soils of Mount Etna have combined to produce a special wine.

It's a medium light garnet color with a haunting bouquet. Seems to be a cross between a fine Pinot Noir and a Barolo. Dark cherries, flowers, licorice--there are many facets to this wine. On the palate, the primary impression is dryness, probably from the high level of tannins. They are very fine tannins, however, that let the fruit ooze through. Not at all big or extracted but huge in flavors and nuances. The finish is long and ripe.

The price has not caught up to the quality with this wine. For under $15...WOW!

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