Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011
Even before the first grape was picked the 2012 vintage was already considered a stellar vintage. Now that the wines have been in barrel for a while and the first releases are out the accolades are only growing. The warm, dry growing season has produced intense, concentrated wines and our Willamette Valley bottling is no exception. Dark in color with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and firm, mouthfilling, silky tannins.
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The 2011 Etna Rosso Santo Spirito is slightly softer and more expansive when compared to the other single-vineyard expressions from this estate. Tannins have been incredibly well-managed and integrated within the bolder, darker quality of fruit on display. The 2011 vintage presents upfront and accessible characteristics that bode well for medium-term consumption. Drink 2016–2028.
A pretty version, with expressive floral, wild strawberry, crushed raspberry and red licorice notes, wrapped in juicy acidity and tightly knit yet integrated tannins. A tar-tinged streak of minerality underscores the palate, while accents of underbrush and spice box build on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
The 2011 Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana is light in color but masculine in personality. It’s a tight, nervous wine that needs more time to evolve in the cellar. Pretty fruit tones of wild berry and cassis set the stage, leaving ample room for nuanced mineral expressions. The tannins are tight, but polished and should become finer with age. Drink 2017–2030.
At Terre Nere vinification is simple, classic, and Burgundian in technique. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration on the skins last from 10 to 15 days; malolactic fermentation and maturation are carried out in oak (25% new). After 18 months the wine is bottled without filtering.
Open-knit and fresh, with crushed cherry, sandalwood and grilled herb notes framed by polished tannins that push through on the aromatic finish. Drink now through 2021.
The 2011 Etna Rosso Prephylloxera La Vigna di Don Peppino is 98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio that has fermented on its skins for 15 days before aging in oak for 18 months. This is one of the great red wines from Etna. Elegance and grace cements its pedigree thanks to a delicate embroidery of forest berry and blue flower. Yet the wine packs power and determination on the close with tight tannins and mounting flavor momentum. Give it time to complete its evolution. Drink 2017–2035.
The 2011 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo Il Quadro delle Rose is among the more feminine and graceful of Marco-s single-vineyard expressions. It opens to a slightly lighter garnet hue (but not by much) and offers a steady progression of red flower, wild berry and wet earth aromas. The quality of the fruit is immensely pure and focused. Feudo di Mezzo is better suited to long-term consumption. The tannins are still youthful and nervous. Drink 2017–2029.
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