Ayunta Etna Rosso Navigabile 2017$28.99 on 6+ (code: 6saves3)
My Tasting Note
- 90% Nerello Mascalese / 10% Nerello Cappuccio
- Fermentation: traditional by wild yeasts at open air.
- Maceration: 18 days
- Ageing: big barrels (5-10 hectoliters) of cherry wood and oak for 14 months
- 13.5% abv
Medium ruby color intensity, vibrant, mostly transparent. The nose rises gorgeously from the glass, medium+ persistence. Red cherry, currants, blueberry, and raspberry with a really cool bitter red fruit edge with peppercorns and spice, all fine, fresh, and elegant, but very dense and persistent. (Gorgeous!) The palate is medium-bodied but belies the amount of density the flavors throw. Medium tannin and med/med+ acidity integrate perfectly to the size of this wine. For context, this really reminds me of an excellent satellite 1er red Burgundy ala Fixin or Mercurey (perfume and fruit, elegance) and a great Barbaresco (the acidity, the bitter edge to the red fruits, transparency), but again all Etna with the transparency, delicacy with deep and long density. Simply a gorgeous wine. 14 months in large neutral barrel and 8 months in bottle.
Winery: The name "NAVIGABILE" in italian means “able to be shipped by sail” and was historically the way the local wine merchants, since the XVIII° century, used to name their top wines. The Navigabile® is made following the tradition by grapes of Nerello Mascalsese with a small amount of Nerello Cappuccio. The Nerello Cappuccio traditionally was planted (from 5% to 20% of the whole vineyard) among the N.Mascalese to bring some smoothness and a gentle taste to the wine made crushing together the different grapes. “Navigabile”, at that time was meant to be a wine capable to travel across the sea, up the other side of the world, maintaining all the quality and fragrance. An inestimable value for those times, when shipping were made by sail. After years of research, we realized this characteristic was related to some very particular details used in the grape selection and winemaking process. At that time only quality and human experience could delivery a great wine. We are glad to present our modern interpretation of that old criteria, able today to delivery our very idea of taste and character in the Etna red wines. We ask to this wine to sail across the world as ambassador of our work on Mount Etna.