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Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vecchie Vigne 2011

Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vecchie Vigne

2011

With the fourth generation of winemakers, the Calabretta winery is today led by Massimiliano. The wi...

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£29.05

/ 0.75 L btl

Wine Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Vecchie Vigne 2011

Producer

Alcohol content i

13.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2011

Review

With the fourth generation of winemakers, the Calabretta winery is today led by Massimiliano. The wines come from certified organic vineyards located along the north side of Mount Etna, at about 700 metres above sea level, in the heart of the most significant and renowned crus of Solicchiata and Passopisciaro. The vineyards of the Calabretta maison are a veritable treasure trove of the Etna vine heritage: it comes, in fact, from ungrafted vines of 80-100 years of age, if not older, that make up many of the bottles of this historic winery.

Vecchie Vigne is a Nerello Mascales, the child, in fact, of these plants, that are so used to the harsh conditions of the volcano that they represent, almost in magical symbiosis, the most direct and sincere quintessence. Production, which is artisanal and very limited yields, meets the criteria of minimum intervention in the cellar too, where, after spontaneous fermentation and very useful malolactic, this wine of great verticality and hardness becomes extraordinarily elegant.

Usually put on the market almost ten years after the harvest, the colour is a delicate ruby red which seduces the nose with ethereal hints of graphite and peat, blueberry, undergrowth and red spices, with inevitable touches of sulphur and flint, to then bloom into a palate of rare and austere elegance and very deep minerality. It’s powerful but not overflowing on the palate, decisive but very fine, straightforward in its salinity, allusive and cordial in its gentle tannin. Persistent like few others and long-lived like the greatest reds, it is sublime paired with spicy grilled meats, braised vegetables and seasoned and blue cheeses.

Food pairing

Formaggio a media stagionatura / Cheeses with herbs / Carni saporite / Brasato di cinghiale

Tasting notes

  • ViewRosso rubino / Brillante
  • Bouquet:Ciliegia / Mirtillo / Grafite / Sottobosco / Pietra focaia / Spezie scure / Zolfo / Torba
  • Mouth:Persistente / Sapido / Strutturato / Fine / Armonico / Tannino elegante

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 16ºC and 18ºC

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by: Adrian latimer (05/11/2018) - Vintage 2007

lovely old vine mature Etna nerello mascalese

You can taste the old vines concentrated fruit, nicely mature and getting quite creamy with age. I don't usually drink 15% alcohol wines but here the fruit and body carry it and you cant taste the high alcohol. Good stuff.

by: SE 32 (28/06/2018) - Vintage 2007

First try on NM

At perfect age to enjoy. Highly complex nose&palate, not that impressive finish, but overall reminds me mix of Barolo and Priorat.

by: Lahache (17/06/2018) - Vintage 2007

Really like this wine!

Really enjoyed this wine! Easy to drink but also gives you good deeph and substance, great to drink now. A good buy!

by: Nabokov (03/05/2018) - Vintage 2007

Splendid

It is difficult to get mature Etna wines and this one is a beauty; it reminded me of an old-fashioned Barolo, which is not a surprise, given that Calabretta has been inspired by the classic wines of Conterno. I had two bottles of the 2007, both over two days, and the wines lasted well, even improving in the case of the second bottle. Delicious.

by: Alexis R. (14/07/2018) - Vintage 2007

Etna Profond et Corsé

Grande extraction, mâche puissante mais tanins fins, cerise noire et myrte, ce vin n'est pas souple et subtil comme souvent sur l'Etna mais racinaire et corsé, il n'en reste pas moins profond et passionnant.