CALABRETTA 'CALA CALA' VINO ROSSO, ITALY NV
Varietals: 95% Nerello Cappuccio and 5% Nerello Mascalese
Region: Sicily, Italy
What's so Special: The Calabretta wines hail from the DOC of Etna Rosso in northeastern Sicily. The grapes here are primarily the indigenous Nerello Mascalese, with a bit Nerello Cappuccio interplanted. Massimiliano also has a small vineyard of Pinot Noir, a grape that has been planted on Etna since the 1800's. The vineyards are planted between 300 and 900 meters on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano that looms in the distance for much of eastern Sicily. The soils are a combination of black volcanic ash and sand which are fine and almost silty, with lots of lava rocks and good drainage.
Tastes Like: Medium-bodied, dry. Starts with a lovely nose of baked cherry, Christmas spice, and orange peel, followed by coffee, smoked meat, and dusty red fruit on the palate. The gripping finish is still fresh and vibrant with plenty complexity.
Pair With: Grilled meats, nightshade vegetables, and pastas.