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Cellar Worthy Vintages of Etna Rosso from Massimiliano Calabretta


The wines of Massimiliano Calabretta are lovely examples of traditional Etna wines.  They easily combine  lightness of flavor with minerality in a wine that has both strength and stamina for development.  The prices are also traditional to bygone years!  I thought it cool that at MacArthur Beverages the follow-on to the the 2002 Calabretta, Etna Rosso is the 2001 Calabretta, Etna Rosso.  Having not tried these two vintages side-by-side I can only remark on my impression that the 2001 vintage appears to have more power for the long-haul.  I would personally keep it in the cellar instead of drinking it.  The 2011 Calabretta, Gaio Gaio is made from young vines but has good flavor.  Like its serious elder, this vintage will develop as well.   If you are at all curious about traditional, Italian wines then you must try this pair.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Calabretta, Gaio Gaio – $17
Imported by Williams Corner Wine. This wine is Nerello Mascalese which saw some time in Slovenian oak casks. Alcohol.  There was brighter red fruit then black fruit which surrounded a tight core of ripe fruit.  The good flavor was structured by ripe tannins.  The mineral nature expanded with air.  Needs some cellar time.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2001 Calabretta, Etna Rosso – $28
Imported by Williams Corner Wine. This wine is Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio sourced from 60-80 year old vines in Calderara. Alcohol.    There was a good nose with perhaps a hint of tar.  It started with minerals, light red fruit then a dry, tart middle.  There was a  core of ripeness with black fruit in the finish.  The wine has both strength and depth.  With air it took on notes of polished wood, an earthy finish, and an expansive, coating aftertaste that coated the gums.  This clearly has the power to age for a long time.  ***(*) Now-2025.

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