Release Price 65
Drink Date 2019 - 2035
Reviewed by Monica Larner
Issue Date 28th Dec 2018
Source 240, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is one of three Grande Terroir Ellittico wines designated as such by the winery. This is a beautifully shaped expression of 98 Nerello Mascalese with 2 Nerello Cappuccio ancient vines planted in soils made of compressed volcanic ash and light pumice stones. The bouquet offers mild primary fruit with lots of mineral intensity with wild herbs, rose hip and rosemary essence. The wine has the delicate nature of a Pinot Noir with the unmistakable flavor profile of the Southern Mediterranean. Dusty mineral notes and tannins make for a very dry finish. Some 10,000 bottles were made.
Marco de Grazia and the formidable winemaking team at Tenuta delle Terre Nere have just completed the construction of a 270-square-meter barrel room. This new space will allow for more accuracy and temperature control during the aging process of their wines. The estate also planted new vines of Nerello Mascalese and Carricante in the Contrade Calderara and San Lorenzo.
Wine Spectator: 95 Points
Ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit meets tarry mineral and accents of licorice, spiced orange peel and herb in this chewy, medium-bodied red. The bold flavor and structure are deftly knit into a graceful and harmonious package, with the spice and mineral character lingering on the finish. Best 2020 through 2030.