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Tenuta delle Terre Nere


This estate is the creation of Marc de Grazia.  Marc de Grazia has been exporting Italian wine since 1980.  The estate was established in 2002 with 22 hectares, of which 15 are planted with vines. Almost 5 hectares have been replanted after letting the soil rest. Terre Nere translats to “Black Soils” which aptly describes these volcanic soils.  2004 was the first vintage in which the grapes were vinified in the Terre Nere winery.  The winery has entered an organic conversion phase in 2007 and is certified as fully organic starting with the 2010 vintage.

South-East View of Mt Etna Erupting, 30 October 2002, Earth Observatory, Nasa

While I bought the last bottle of 2006 Guardiola the 2009 Etna Rosso is available for $14.  These are well made and lovely wines from Mt. Etna.   These wines are distributed by Bacchus Importers Ltd. and also available at MacArthur’s.

2009 Tenuta delle Terre Nerre, Etna Rosso, Sicily
This wine is a blend of 98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio.  The vines were planted in 1927 and 1967.  The vineyards exists on volcanic soil on the northern face of Mt. Etna.  This would lie in the bottom-left area of the Earth Observatory image, perhaps in the shadow of the ash plume.  They lay at 650, 700, and 900 meters in elevation.  This wine is vinified in stainless steel then aged for six months in stainless steel and six months in French oak tonneaux and barriques.  This wine is produced from all Nerello vineyards and fills 75,000 bottles per year.

This wine is a light ruby color and noticeably clearer/lighter than the Guardiola.  There is a light nose of gritty, red berries, and floral notes.  In the mouth there is good red fruit, some ethereal flavors, and tasty herbs. There are fine to medium tannins that coat the mouth.  There is structure to the wine and lively acidity that make you want to chew the wine.  On the second night it is still strong with, perhaps, a bit more kirsch/basalmic notes.  *** Now-2015.

2006 Tenuta delle Terre Nerre, Guardiola, Etna Rosso, Sicily
The Guardiola Cru are the first two vineyards acquired by Terre Nere.  This wine is 100% Nerello Mascalaese from vineyards planted in 1917 and 1947.  450 of these vines were replanted in 2005.  The vineyards exists on soils of volcanic ash mixed with black pumice and solid volcanic rock on the norther face of Mt Etna.  They lay at 800-900 meters in elevation.  The grapes are fermented and aged for 18 months in oak of which 25% is new.  There are 5,000 bottles produced per year.

This is a light to medium ruby/garnet color.  There is a light nose with dark, red berries and sour, red berries.  There is rounder fruit in the mouth, red berries mixed with blue fruits, and minerals.  It has a steely, minerally finish with a good amount of tannins which are finer than the Rosso.  This wine is also structured but there are sweeter tannins.  I really like the dark fruit profile.  It has plenty of life ahead of it but with my limited experience, I cannot project what it will be like with more age.  ***(*)? Now-2017.

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