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ARRIGO

Nerello Mascalese Sicilia 2017 DOC

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GRAPE VARIETALS100% Nerello Mascalese.
LOCATIONMt. Etna, Sicily. 2.5 hectares of vines situated on an ancient sea bed.
PROFILEDeep red color, aromas of cherry and pomegranate, savory wild herbs and spices, mineral stone, igneous stone, and smoke. On the palate are hints of licorice, clove, and dried black cherry. A moderate amount of tannins provide a lingering, elegant finish. All estate fruit from Contrada Pietramarina, minimal sulfites, no wood. Fresh on the palate with medium acidity, making the tannins delicate but persistent and easy to drink.
SERVINGBest served at approx. 18° C (64° F).
PAIRINGSThis Nerello Mascalese pairs very well with game like rabbit (coniglio cacciatora) or grilled rack of lamb.

Background

Nerello Mascalese is the main indigenous grape grown on the Etna Volcano, and that’s why the Arrigo family decided to dedicate the entire production to this very elegant and full minerality red wine that is one of the most wanted Italian wines of the year.

The Winery

The estate is situated on the north side of the Etna volcano, with the medieval town of Castiglione di Sicilia looming behind. Pietramarina (marine rock) is almost 2,000 feet above sea level with the Alcantara River gently flowing over the partially-terraced terrain. These are the historic lands and vineyards of the Barons Lanza-Palermo. This biodiversity is fundamental to a healthy ecosystem for the Nerello Mascalese vines to thrive.