Contrada S 2010

The tropical menace: 2010 is just the vintage that would suggest such thing on Mount Etna, more than others ever before it with its plump berries and generous green growth. The mild temperature helped the kind of ripening that gives a soft, non-angular wine with an unctuous fruit at its center.

A narrower wine than in other years, Sciaranuova sat in the cold of its westward facing terraces this year. It will intensify as it ages. We picked this Contrada on October 29th.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1 hectare

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 850 m asl

Yield per hectare: 18 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Propolis, sulphur, copper, grapefruit seed extract

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 10 days

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

Production: 2,000 bottles


“A totally striking wine, the 2010 Contrada Sciaranuova S opens with a deep, intriguing bouquet redolent of orange peel, tar, licorice and exotic spices. Dark berries, minerals and rose petals add further complexity on the generous, silky finish. This is a texturally brilliant, poised wine endowed with tons of class and nuance. Striking pretty much sums up it all up here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.”

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

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