ARRIGO Nerello Mascalese (Sicilia) 2017 DOC - 2-btl box
2 bottles box
Grape Varietals: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Location: Mt. Etna, Sicily. 2.5 hectares of vines situated on an ancient sea bed
Profile: Deep 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.
Winery: The estate is near the base of the fabled Mount Etna, the DOC wine-making region. It is situated on the north side of the volcano, with the medieval town of Castiglione di Sicilia looming behind. Pietramarina (marine rock) is almost 2,000 feet above sea level with the Alcantarra River gently flowing over the partially-terraced terrain. These are the historic lands and vineyards of the Barons Lanza-Palermo. In addition to a variety of fruit trees and spontaneous vegetation, there are 60 olive trees on the estate. This biodiversity is fundamental to a healthy ecosystem for the Nerello Mascalese vines to thrive.
Terroir: The soil in Contrada Pietramarina is a fine mixture of sandstone and volcanic rock that has a powdery texture, quite different than most of the classic volcanic rock and pomace laden soils found on Etna. The soil is slightly damp, but when rubbed between the hands, it effortlessly dusts off like a fine powder leaving your hands dry and clean. This fine powdery soil is what gives the wines finesse and elegance.
Serving: Best served at approx. 18° C (64° F)
Pairings: This Nerello Mascalese pairs very well with game like rabbit (coniglio cacciatora) or grilled rack of lamb.