An exploration of wine

841. Graci, Etna Rosso, 2011

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Book 5 Wine 841

£18; 13.5%

I am now convinced by Etna Rosso. I get why people are raving about it. It’s a unique style, and in Nerello Mascalese, Sicily has added a 4th great Italian red grape to Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Aglianico. In the pale, aromatic and silky style of Pinot Noir (but aromatically unique). This is a little darker / smokier than the Terre Nere, but similarities are clear. Mid ruby. Red cherry perfumed fruit at the core – Maraschino – with a wraparound of a resin or rose petal note above, and a pronounced volcanic smokiness below. Unlike the Terre Nere, notable oak spice in the background. On the palate, medium body, medium fine tannins, and a core of ripe, smoky red fruit. Pretty long. Appetising.

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