Masseria Del Pino
I Nove Fratelli Etna Rosso, 2017

Grower: Masseria Del Pino
Region: Etna, Sicily, Italy
Grape Varieties: Nerello Mascalase (90%), Nerello Cappuccio (10%)
Viticulture: Uncertified organic with biodynamic practices
Size: 75cl bottle

Etna rightly steals the show when discussing wines and terroir from Sicily. It’s active volcano sitting proudly and stoically in the north east of the Island, a compass. It’s on this northeast facing slope at 800m elevation where Federica and Cesare call home. Neither come from winemaking backgrounds, choosing to change paths as so many vignerons seem to do in 2005. Federica choosing to leave one of the more obscure professions I’ve heard someone leave for winemaking, life as an archery instructor and now also artist for the aziendas labels. Cesare as a pilot. To date the vineyards cover a 5 hectare plot. Mostly nerello mascalese, nerello cappucio and carricante, This altitude is the limit to which the coastal loving nerellos can thrive and ripen.

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