Contrada R 2013

Throughout Europe, 2013 was a cold and delayed vintage, resulting in lighter wines this vintage. A brilliant, light ruby color, this wine is light and elegant, reminiscent of Old World Burgundy, with the apparent red-fruited notes of the nerello. We picked in this Contrada on November 4th.

Vineyard age: 100 years

Vineyard area: 1.7 hectares

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 1,000 m asl

Yield per hectare: 16 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Propolis, sulphur, copper, clay, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days

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

Bottling: waning moon of April 2015

Production: 2,475 bottles

REVIEWS

“Alluring, ethereal scents of perfumed berry, aromatic herb, fragrant blue flower, new leather, orange zest and exotic spice abound on this radiant wine. The smooth, vibrant palate is loaded with finesse, delivering juicy red cherry, raspberry, cake spice and energizing mineral. Silky, supple tannins and bright acidity provide impeccable balance. It’s already extremely tempting but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2018–2025.”

— Wine Enthusiast, 97 points, Cellar Selection

“Bright red. Vibrant raspberry and licorice aromas are complicated by a delicate stony nuance. Fresh and sweet in the mouth, with savory red berry and mineral flavors carrying through a long aftertaste. This lovely wine is very true both to Nerello Mascalese and to Etna. Contrada R stands for Rampante, one of the highest crus of Etna at 1,000 meters, where the volcanic soil has become very fine and almost sandy over the millenia. The wines are almost always very pure, high in acidity and refined. Rampante is also one of the latest crus to be harvested on Etna.”

— Ian D’Agata, Vinous Media, 93 points

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