Contrada S 2011

Mount Etna had two lighter years, ‘09 and ’10 that produced some fine and elegant wines, able to represent the gentle sophistication that grapes growing on the north side of the mountain can transmit to wine. Instead, 2011 is what one calls a great vintage. Late rains and long season made it possible for growers to pick grapes that were able to convey extraordinary richness to the wines in every Contrada of the mountain. This is not, however, the overwhelming kind of vintage where massiveness chokes out some of the finer features of its wines. There is in this vintage a measured and hard structure that contains and will elevate the growing richness of 2011, making this a “grande année.” We picked in this Contrada on October 31st.

Vineyard age: 80 years

Vineyard area: 1 hectare

Vineyard density: 8,000 vines/Ha

Vineyard altitude: 850 m asl

Yield per hectare: 15 Hl/Ha

Fertilization: None

Spraying: Propolis, sulphur, copper, vitamin C

Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days

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

Bottling: April 2013

Production: 2,000 bottles


“Good full red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, bergamot, iron, dried rose and quinine. Lean, taut, and only moderately sweet on the palate, with spicy, saline underbrush and smoky mineral flavors currently dominating red fruits and white flowers. Finishes long and savory but mountingly tannic and almost lemony. I would have liked a bit more flesh to support the wine; perhaps with time in bottle it will develop more volume, but I wonder. The “S” refers to the Sciaranuova cru.”

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