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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Medium saturated ruby-red. Highly complex nose offers pungent blackberry, red cherry, mocha, rose petal and violet aromas. Suave and silky on entry, then fine-grained, concentrated and fruit-driven, with very good mineral lift to the bright, sweet red cherry and berry flavors. Offers compelling density and sweetness, and finishes with highly polished tannins. The pungent floral nose is very reminiscent of Calderara Sottana, and it couldn’t really be otherwise since this set of pre-phylloxera, century-old vines is located within the larger Calderara Sottana vineyard. But this particular plot of vines always gives a deeper, richer wine than that bottling.
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 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.
Good full, deep red. Captivating, nuanced nose offers red cherry, redcurrant, brown spices, roast coffee, rose petal and licorice. Sweet and subtle on the palate, with a wonderful aromatic character over a firm, smoothly tannic spine. The long finish shows a lightly balsamic quality and hints of dried herbs and flinty spices. This is bigger, richer and deeper than Santo Spirito, but needs time in the cellar thanks to high but harmonious acidity.
The 2011 Etna Rosso Guardiola is among my favorite expressions from this estate. Guardiola is one of Marco-s highest and steepest vineyards and fruit harvested here picks up beautiful balsam and floral overtones. The wine also sports a darker, thicker consistency and a slightly softer management of the tannins. Licorice and anise seed flood over the palate. Drink 2017–2030.
Tar, rose petal and tea leaf notes accent this grippy red, offering flavors of crushed cherry, black raspberry, licorice snap and black olive. Supple and fresh, with a lasting finish. Drink now through 2024.
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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