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Vines Nerello Cappuccio (2 %), Nerello Mascalese (98 %)

Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Smell: The nose expresses great complexity, freshness and vibrant minerality with volcanic sulphurous notes, notes of small red fruits, floral notes of rose and delicate sweet spices.
Taste: On the palate it is balanced, intense, structured, fresh and balanced with sculpted tannins. Great persistence on fruity and minimal aromas. Magnificent expression of the Etneo terroir.
Food pairing: Perfect for dishes based on fine roasted red meats, first courses with rich sauces, game and mature cheeses.

Production area: Contrada Calderara Sottana, municipality of Randazzo (Catania).
Surface: 15 ha.
Yield per hectare: 50 quintals/ha.
Soil characteristics: Volcanic, extremely stony, shallow, very rich in skeleton.
Exposure: North side of Etna, from 600 to 650 meters above sea level
Age of vines: Between 50 and 100 years.
Breeding system: Traditional Etna sapling converted to espalier.
Harvest period: First ten days of October.
Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (25-28 °C). Spontaneous malolactic fermentation and aging in barriques, tonneaux and large casks (10-30 hl) of French oak (20% new wood).
Aging: Bottling after 16-18 months of aging in wood and 1 month of aging in steel.

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

The property is located on the north slopes of Etna, within the hilly strip that extends between Solicchiata and Randazzo, historically the area of ​​choice for great red wines throughout the Etna area. The estate consists of over 55 hectares fragmented into 24 plots in six districts, with a total area planted with vines of about 25 hectares in production and with 7 hectares in breeding. In the near future, the company expects to reach a plant program that will allow it to reach 38 hectares of vineyards Exception made for about 7 recently planted hectares, the rest are between 50 and 100 years old. Less than a hectare has passed the 130-140 years, surviving the phylloxera, and is therefore free of foot. The land of the plots are of a different nature and the same is true of their altitudes, which vary from 600 to 1000 meters above sea level. Ten plots, for about 15 hectares, are in Contrada Calderara Sottana, between 600 and 700 meters above sea level, on a position characterized by the highest presence of volcanic stone of the entire D.O.C. A vineyard is located in Contrada Guardiola, between 800 and 1000 meters, on poor soils: volcanic sand mixed with basaltic crushed stone and a small presence of ash. Here we are on a very steep slope and in narrow terraces that require you to perform all the workings manually. Another property is located in the Feudo di Mezzo district. Very old and terraced vineyards, but less steep than Guardiola. Traditional dense sapling plants. Loose soils, rich in volcanic ash. 10 hectares divided into three plots are located in Contrada Santo Spirito, adjacent to Guardiola, but characterized by very deep soils composed almost exclusively of very fine volcanic ash, in all similar to talc, were it not for the black color. In addition to the owned vineyards, the estate makes use of about another 1.5 hectares that it manages, and buys grapes from small wine growers with neighboring vineyards. Given the scarcity of white grapes in the area, the company also purchases some lots in the municipalities of Milo and Biancavilla. The company produces two versions of Etna Bianco. One from the assembly of Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico and Inzolia. One, in very limited quantities, only Carricante, fermented and aged in wood, designed for long aging. The highest quality Etna Rosso comes from the vinification of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, from both young and old vineyards from all the owned vineyards, and also from vineyards under management and grapes purchased. Di Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccio is also our Etna Rosato, also a wine of great value and now highly sought after for its very particular nature, bright and mineral. The grapes from the oldest vineyards of the four districts are vinified and bottled separately after about 18-20 months of aging in wood, and represent the flower of production. A special word goes to Etna Rosso Prephylloxera, coming from a very small plot in Contrada Calderara Sottana whose vines survived the phylloxera. Unique wine that somehow expresses the quintessence of Nerello and its position. His second name - La Vigna di Don Peppino - wants to be a tribute to the grower who made it possible, cultivating it with infinite affection and competence for 70 years, that the vineyard arrived to us healthy and vigorous in all its splendor. In 2002, the first year of production and bottling of the Terre delle Nere estate, Marc de Grazia wrote the "Burgundy of the Mediterranean" on the back labels of the first bottles to define the Etna area. The juxtaposition between the extreme south of Europe and a distinctly Nordic "climat", at first glance paradoxical, had its reasons. Etna belongs to Sicily as the exception belongs to a rule, or as an island belongs to the sea. The climate of the Etnee slopes is simply unique in the Sicilian landscape. The high altitudes dedicated to the vineyards that start from 400 meters above sea level. to reach up to 1,000 (a unique variability in the world between D.O.C.) they are characterized by temperature excursions between day and night which in summer register up to 30 degrees. With extreme microclimatic differences. Equally extraordinary pedological differentiations are given by volcanic soils formed and reformed by lava flows that have followed over the millions of years of life of the volcano, each casting a mineral reality in its own right. Lands of very complex matrix that often emerge in veins of a very different nature a few hundred meters from each other. We multiply all this by the hilly area of ​​the D.O.C. Etna which embraces a circumference of about 120 square kilometers, with exposures ranging from full south to full north. We add to the pedo-climatic fresco an average rainfall of 6 to 10 times higher than the Sicilian norm, a significant part of which often occurs in conjunction with the harvest period, even that much later than any other in Sicily (and among the latest of Europe). In light of all this, perhaps the combination with Burgundy - rightly known worldwide for its infinite pedological multiplicity and for its fickle climate - becomes more understandable and acceptable. But where the analogy fascinates even more is in the character of the wines. I'm not really talking about a likeness of taste. Rather than a sure feeling, drinking them, of common belonging, of close kinship. A common and spontaneous agility that belongs to both, as if they were fabrics woven by the same hand. As if the same fingers, tapered and right, weaved through earth and stones and then caressed us with the resulting infinite chromatic and sensorial variations.

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