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Etna Rosso, "Quota 1000" Barbabecchi

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Etna Rosso, "Quota 1000" Barbabecchi

An elegant wine, dark wild cherries, earthiness, tar and grilled herbs come together in this relative large-scaled, rustic wine from the Etna region.

Appellation: Contrada Barbabecchi, Terre Siciliane IGT

Type: Dry red

Grape varietals: Nerello Mascalese 100% — indigenous to the Etna

Certified Organic

Wine Details:

Tasting Notes:
Provincial grapes of the Barbabecchi region. Notes of raspberries and currants, rhubarb and ginger. Impression of coffee and pepper. Excellent tannins and large personality.

Vinyard Notes:
Production Area: the Arcurìa vineyard on the northeastern slopes of Etna at Passopisciaro, Castiglione di Sicilia, Province of Catania Altitude: 1000 meters a.s.l. Vines per ha: Around 8,000 Soil type: Brown and of volcanic origin, rich in sediments, clay and sand, non-calcerous, rich in iron and nitrogen deposits Harvest: First week of November Yield per ha: 10 quintali

Winemaking Notes:
Fermentation: Traditional without added yeasts, temperature allowed to fluctuate in conical steel vats called "tini," maceration of the skins for 25 days. Ageing: 24 months in oak casks with spontaneous development of malolatic fermentation. 12 months in bottle.

 

Reviews:

2010 Etna Rosso Quota 1000 – 92 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate (#212 May 2014)
"The 2010 Quota 1000 Contrada Barbabecchi takes you immediately to the heart of Etna winemaking tradition. From north-facing vineyards at a whopping 1000 meters above sea level, this is an austere, tightly wound and nervous wine that needs more time in the bottle to soften. Tight tannic astringency makes a big impact in the mouth. The bouquet, however, is extremely floral with pressed violets and crushed rose petal. A dusting of crushed white pepper makes for a lasting impression on the finish. This wine needs at least three or four more years of bottle aging. It's really just in its infancy now." ~ M.L.