IGT Terre Siciliane Versante Nord 2014

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Acosta, Eduardo Torres

The 2014 Versante Nord is from two parcels on Mount Etna, both north facing. Pietramarina and Verzella are located between 550 and 700 meters on soft soils consisting of lava ash from various eruptions. The vines are between 45-50 years old and are a field blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% other native varieties, including Carricante. The wine is made via spontaneous fermentation with about 10% whole cluster. It was fermented in cement tanks with 15 days on the skins without temperature control, then aged 16 months in 25hl Slavonian oak botte. This is a rich and firm style of Etna Rosso, with ripe aroma of black cherries and exotic spices. No more than 20mg total of SO2 added at bottling. The palate is generous with firm tannins and a long finish. Only 3200 bottles made.

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