Ayunta Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2017$38.99 on 6+ (code: 6saves3)
My Tasting Note
- 100% Nerello Mascalese
- vines are 100+-year-old
- Maceration: 21 days
- 5 hectoliters tonneaux and old french oak barrique, aging 18-20 months
Deeper ruby, but still slightly transparent. The perfume immediately jumps from the glass with deeper notes of fresh red cherry and currants, rose florals, the spice here is more tar and tobacco, with a gorgeous lift. The palate is a level up from the Navigabile, but more so in the tannin, though the flavor density is deeper too. The tannin are long and nicely structured, adding some velvety bones to the body. The acidity is perfect, its there adding energy and freshness but you don’t notice its presence unless you look for it. This is gorgeous now but for sure will be even better as the layers widen with bottle age in the cellar, but just a few years will do just fine, but it is PLENTY enjoyable now. While the Navigabile had more of a red Burgundy lean, this one leans much more Piemonte with the greater power, structure, and especially those gorgeous rose and tar notes. Another excellent gem here.
Winery: Calderara Sottana is the small spot (the local definition is "contrada") on the northern slope of the volcano at almost 700 mt. above the sea level. This area is able to delivery some of the highest temperature of the volcano’ slopes on a dark soil extremely rich of rocks. This brings an incredible texture and powerful in this wine representing the highest expression of our best single-vineyard, the first we started working with, the one with the oldest vines, the one always able to surprise in flavors and structure of the wine. We mapped the oldest vines of pure Nerello Mascalese, selected by nature and by the wise hands of the ancestors. Dealing with this vineyard is a terrific work: everything must be done separately and by hand. You can’t be on a schedule, you just give to the vines the time needed, no rush, never stopping. It’s a challenge of physical endurance against the booming fertility of the soil, non-stop delivering any kind of herbs among the vines, trying to slow down the unstoppable rush of the plant towards ripening, giving it the right rhythm, suffering together to delivery, both men and vines exhausted, the miracle of all the magnetic energy of the volcano in the grapes. This wine is liquid stone, this wine is our tribute to the Mount Etna.