Contrada S 2018
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
At 850 meters above sea level, the vines here are planted on relatively new lava flow (1600s) that has turned into thick gravel. The wines are bright, aromatic, and taste of fermented hay and dusty wild herbs.
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.
Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 95 points: “Lithe and fragrant, this graceful red has enticing scents of wild red berry, Mediterranean brush, rose and camphor. It’s radiant, ethereally elegant and focused, delivering sour cherry, orange zest and star anise alongside vibrant acidity and refined tannins. Tangy mineral notes suggesting wet stone and oyster shell lend mineral tension. Drink through 2026.”
100% Nerello Mascalese
850 m asl (2,750 feet)