TERRAZZE DELL'ETNA 'CARUSU' ROSSO, ITALY 2015
Varietals: 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio
Region: Mt Etna, Sicily, Italy
What's So Special: The Terrazze dell’Etna winery was founded in 2008 by Nino Bevilacqua, an engineer from Palermo, when legendary Italian winemaker Riccardo Cotarella helped him to plan and build this extraordinary property. Although the family also grows some international varieties for its classic method sparkling wines, here the focus is on the native Nerello family of red grapes, Nerello Mascalease (the primary grape used in Etna wines) and Nerello Cappuccio. All the farming is done by hand and the estate uses integrated farming, including a variety of crops and livestock, to enhance biodiversity. The soils are volcanic in nature, produced over the centuries by Mt. Etna in the distance. The winemaking style is traditional, with minimal intervention to create one of the appellation purest expressions.
Tastes Like: Elegant and spiced in the nose, with delicate notes of varnish and ripe red fruit and spice. The tannins are round and soft with a slightly ethereal finish.
Pairs With: Excellent with well-seasoned red or white meat. Accompanies perfectly medium aged cheese, fish soup and tuna.