2019 Graci Etna Rosato
2019 Graci Etna Rosato A rose wine, from the importer: “Graci, situated on the north slope of Mount Etna at Passopisciaro, is found in an area where viticulture dates back several thousand years. Their vineyards sit at an altitude between 600 and 1,000 meters above sea level. Planting density ranges from 6,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Many of the vines are still on original rootstock, ungrafted, having never been affected by the phylloxera scourge thanks to the unique nature of the volcanic soils. At Graci, young Alberto Aiello Graci remains steadfast in his respect for local traditions as well as the distinct nature of each vintage and only cultivates traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna: the red grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, and white grapes Carricante and Catarratto. Intervention of any kind is extremely limited, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. They do not use herbicides in order to preserve the unique balance and vital energy of the soil. They do not use barriques, but only the big, upright, wooden casks known as tini and large, well-used wood barrels.
2020 Mike Parres: We developed quite a following for the 2015 vintage of this wine, but the 2019 is even better. Loads of über-pretty cherry, raspberry fruit burst on the nose and palate, but with lots of mineral quality of Mt. Etna. I feel it. A bottle of this could not be a more perfect introduction to the region. Made with Nerello Mascalese.
2020 Dejah Overby: 2019 Graci Rosato 100% Nerello Mascalese seemed a bit leaner than the previous vintage even so it still showed full flavors of under ripe red berries, satsuma plums with a back-end of dried savory high altitude herbs. Dry and a nice tart acidity yet tons energy from the mouthfeel that provided great texture and an extended length that is always occurring in every vintage. I recommend enjoying this with thinly sliced cacciatore, soppressata or a simple polenta with shaved pecorino pepato.