Contrada P 2009

There was plenty of nourishment from the snow line at about 800 meters, extending and receding across the vineyards for most of the winter and into the spring. Then the furious weather changes of a high mountain mixed sunshine and drizzle until a dry summer set in. The sun on Etna works moderately but very steadily for all of three months, with a peculiar stress to the vineyards, which is that of a progressive drought of the soil and not the burning that is normally inflicted on the vines. In line with the weather trend of the last two years, 2009 featured earlier rains that fell at the end of September and again in mid-October, with prolonged dampness and low-cast skies. Luckily, nerello mascalese fares well with a certain amount of rain at the end of ripening. We picked this Contrada between October 25th and November 10th.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1.5 hectares

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines per Ha

Vineyard altitude: 650 m a.s.l.

Yield per hectare: 13 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Clay, propolis, sulphur, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 12-15 days

Aging: Malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months aging in large, neutral oak barrels

Production: 2,000 bottles


“The 2009 Contrada Porcaria P is an exquisite wine layered with dark, sensual fruit. It is at once muscular yet weightless, much in the style of a great Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo. The wine takes shape beautifully in the glass as it gains notable intensity all the way through to the palate staining finish. This is a dazzling effort!”

— Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, 94 points


Gambero Rosso, Tre Bicchieri

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