Contrada P 2018

ABOUT THE VINTAGE

At 650 meters above sea level, this famed vineyard produces one of Etna’s richest, most full-bodied expressions of nerello mascalese, packed with bramble fruit and mineral flavors.

2018 was one of the rainiest and most tropical vintages we’ve seen on Etna in the last eight years, especially at the end of the summer. This year, we had to increase the number of times we passed through the vineyards to remove leaves mindfully, avoiding any burning but allowing air to pass through the canopy to mitigate the effects of this wet and humid climate. We countered effects of disease with natural products like clay and propolis as well.

With the red wines, we found ourselves with rain, humid, and sometimes fog — not ideal conditions at the end of the of growing season, but knowing how to work our vineyards, we did not let ourselves be deceived and intervened where and as needed, like a mosaic, in the various Contrade and from the vineyards from which we make our Passorosso.

The wines of this year will be varietally correct, linear, with a pronounced acidity, with the long-lived characteristics that define the finer vintage on Etna.

REVIEWS

Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 97 points: “Intoxicatingly fragrant, this gorgeous wine opens with enticing scents of perfumed berry, new leather, aromatic Mediterranean herb, camphor and forest floor. Showing body and finesse, the savory, structured palate delivers morello cherry, ripe strawberry, orange zest and a hint of hazelnut alongside firm fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2030.”

Bibenda, 5 Grappoli

Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson, 17 points: “Mid ruby with the beginning of orange tinges. Deep, sweet, perfumed red fruit spiked with savoury and minerally notes and with a hint of oak. The palate is quite different with elegant, fragrant, almost racy crushed red fruit, succulent acidity and a rich layer of sandy tannins. Drink 2021-2026.”

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