Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Caldera Sottana 2017
Denomination: Etna Rosso D.O.C.
First vintage produced: 2003
Production area: contrada Calderara, municipality of Randazzo (Catania)
Grape varieties: 98% Nerello mascalese, 2% Nerello cappuccio
Vineyard area: 15 ha
Yield per hectare: 5 tons/ha
Soil characteristics: volcanic, extremely stony, shallow, very rich in skeleton
Exposure: north slope of Etna at 600-650 meters above sea level.
Average age of vines: 50 to 100 years old
Breeding: traditional Etnean sapling converted to espalier
Harvest period: first decade of October
Vinification: temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation (28-30°C)
Aging: spontaneous malolactic fermentation and maturation in barriques, tonneaux and large barrels (10-30 hl) of French oak (20% new wood).
Bottling after 16-18 months of aging in wood and 1 month of aging steel
Appearance: faint ruby with mahogany highlights
Nose: intense, with hints of ripe fruit and spicesFlavor: structured and full, with tannins present but softBenchings: meats, aged cheeses
Recommended serving temperature: 18-20° C
Alcohol content: 14.5 percent
Annual production: 11,000 bottles (0.75 l)