Two exceptional special occasion wines

Two exceptional special occasion wines

Terry Kirby in The Independent reviews fine wines from Sicily:

Five hundred metres above sea level on the southeastern side of Mount Etna are the vineyards of the Malone family and their Calmarossa Etna Rosso DOC Santa Maria La Nave 2016 is serious stuff. Made from old bush vines of nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio, it is an impossible-to-pin-down wine – medium-bodied but with intense flavours of spice, red berry fruits and some savoury notes. Complex and beguiling – and suited to lighter dishes of pork or roast chicken for your autumn dinner party, socially distanced of course.

Another exceptional special-occasion wine is the Etna Bianco DOC Al-Cantara ‘Luci Luci’ made from the local carricante grape and which is intensely complex, has flavours of tropical fruits and spice, a crisp mineral feel on the palate and a lovely, long persistent finish. A serious wine for almost any kind of rich fish dish – you just have to imagine a warm Mediterranean night, the slap of water on old stone sea defences and you might be back on holiday, in your mind at least…

Posted on 18-Nov-2020 Press

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