This one is volcanic

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

This is a wine for when you are feeling a bit adventurous.  Wines from the Etna region of Sicily are a little bit of an undiscovered gem.  They are wonderfully easy drinking wines made usually from the nerello mascalese grape that are very versatile, and also very affordable.  What makes them a little more interesting is that they are grown at the site of an active volcano.  The volcanic soil really contributes to the mineral notes of the wine.  Plus it’s just cool to try something grown in such a unique location.

This particular Etna is a gorgeous ruby red color and gives off a smooth raspberry aroma.  It’s an uncomplicated wine but is simultaneously elegant.  As a comparison it can be very similar to Pinot Noir.  There is low tannin, higher acidity and the perfect balance of fruit and clay.

I’ve read that wines from this region should be enjoyed with a slight chill similar to a Cru Beaujolais, but I disagree.  I found that the more this wine settled in and the temp came down, the more it opened up and showed its true potential.  It was really quite lovely.

Because of its wild climate and origin I like the idea of pairing it with some adventure as well.  This would be perfect on a spring canoe or kayak trip. Or possibly on a camping trip after a day of hiking.  Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.  Cheers.

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