2010 Terre Nere, Etna Rosso, Sicily (Italian Red)
This beautiful and delightful Nerello Mascalese from Terre Nere comes across like a Pinot Noir, with medium weight and silky layers. Nerello Mascalese, a native grape to Sicily and part of the DOC Etna Rosso is believed to be a cross of Sangiovese and a locate grape, though no conclusive proof has been confirm, but regardless there are some similar qualities, even though Nerello Mascalese feels softer and more elegant when done right, and Terre Nere without question does it right, and their 2010 basic Etna Rosso is a lovely wine. The nose is spicy with an earthy and floral element leading to a palate that includes strawberry, rose tea and scorched rock mineral tones with tangy plum and cherry as well, while hints of lavender and fennel add to the complexity. This is the lighter side of Sicily in the glass, with modest alcohol and refreshing acidity, you could even serve slightly chilled and it is a wonderful lunch time wine.
($28 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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