2014 Cantine Russo Etna Rosso Contrada Crasa
2014 Cantine Russo Etna Rosso Contrada Crasa; Sicily, Italy
This quality wine is produced from indigenous grape varieties grown on the volcanic soils of Europe’s tallest active volcano – Mt. Etna. The Russo family’s history on the volcano dates back to 1860 and their passion for Etna wines blossomed when they started bottling in 1956, making them one of hte oldest family run wineries on Etna. 80%Nerello Maascalese, 20%Nerello Cappuccio.
Tasting Notes; Brilliant ruby red color, a pleasant scent of wild berries and delicate spices stands out on the nose. The flavor is persistent and full-bodied, with a pleasant fruity note that blends with a bouquet of wild berry jam. The tannin is powerful. Excellent persistence.
Southern Italy is the toe, heel, and ankle of the Italian “boot” where we find the regions Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and Sicily as well as the distant relative Sardegna. There are scores of fascinating indigenous grape varieties here, different winemaking traditions and styles are defining each region, and the wines are often less expensive than their Northern counterparts.
Etna is an Italian wine DOC which covers the slopes of Mount Etna, the 3330 meter (10,920ft) active volcano that dominates the northeastern corner of Sicily. The Etna DOC was the very first in Sicily, created in August 1968 and followed nine months later by that of Sicily’s most famous wine, Marsala.The most commonly produced form of Etna wine is the standard Etna Rosso, a red made predominantly from the Nerello Mascalese grape variety with up to a 20 percent addition of Nerello Cappuccio (also known here as Nerello Mantellato). Its bianco (white) counterpart is composed of at least 60 percent Carricante, backed up by Sicily’s most widely planted white grape, Catarratto, and a host of minor additions including Trebbiano and Minnella. There is also a relatively rare rosato (rosé) form also based on Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Capuccio.