Contrada R 2020
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
Contrada Rampante is the highest Contrada located over 1,000m high. The vineyard is located at the limits of vine cultivation on Etna. The extension is 1.7 hectares. Contrada R is one of the most delicate and aromatic wines that can be found on the slopes of the volcano. The soils are very old lava, sandier and more oxidized than other parts. Because of its remarkable height it is always the last vineyard to be harvested.
The summer of 2020 was moderate with rains, and generally by the bad weather; at the end of the month July the heat returned, until the rain of 10th of August and finally those of early September.
Later, after the pools of white fermented and all went to the beach with the majestic mountain under the sun, came the rain accompanied by a little hail; A wind from the north blew all night and on the first of October the expected cold fell on the cities and villages.
For nearly a month the sky remained clear and from 14th of October all red grapes began to ripen.
The first to reach the winery was Cesanese d’Affile, more sensitive to the temperatures of mid-October.
It was the 24th of October when, after several tastings in the vineyard, Petit Verdot was also matured, the grapes brought with the aromas of oriental spices and a mixture of crunchy red fruits, with the achievement of maximum balance in the mouth at the dawn of the 26th of October; where we had to call even more harvesters from neighbouring counties to ensure we did not miss the moment.
Othmar Kiem – Simon Staffler, Falstaff, 94 points
Eric Guido, Vinous, 89 points: “The 2020 Contrada Rampante (R) is youthfully inward and understated, showing hints of savory, curry-like spice, dried strawberries and tomato leaf. It’s silky in texture and lifted in feel, with saline-mineral tones up front that give way to inner rose and tart berry fruit. The 2020 finishes structured and dry, yet also a bit short, as the slightest hint of hard red candies fades. Only time will tell if the 2020 Rampante will ever awaken from this slightly awkward state. I tasted this from two separate bottles with similar results. Drinking Window: 2024 – 2028”
Monica Larner, Robertparker.com, 93 points: With fruit from the Contrada Rampante in Castiglione di Sicilia at 1,000 meters above sea level, the 2020 Contrada R shows some bitter cherry and brambly aromas of Mediterranean herb. Notes of volcanic ash meet fine, dusty tannins. This is one of the more approachable wines in this series of single-vineyard Nerello Mascalese releases. Production from 100-year-old vines is limited to 3,984 bottles.Drink Date:2023 – 2033
100% Nerello Mascalese
1,000 m asl (3,300 feet)