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An affordable pair of Etna Rosso to age for the short term


In these temporarily leaner times there are many wines from Etna that exceed my price range.  The pair featured in today’s post are priced at what I regard as the beginning range for this region.  Though both are from the 2013 vintage and are mostly expressions of Nerello Mascalese, they showed completely different in flavor and evolution.  On the first night the 2013 Planeta, Etna Rosso was my wine of choice.  It was the more forward of the two with darker red fruit and a romantically volcanic, mineral finish.  The 2013 Tenuta di Fessina, Erse, Etna Rosso, by contrast, was tight, higher-toned, and more acidic.  You can imagine my surprise when first smelling the Erse on the second night to come across pure aromas of Juicy Fruit gum.  That is perhaps not the best description but what matters is that the wine displayed its own unique profile.  I recommend you try this wine but first give it hours upon hours of air or better yet, cellar it for the short term.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Planeta, Etna Rosso – $24
Imported by Palm Bay.  This wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese sourced from vines at 600-800 meters in elevaiton.  It was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in used oak barriques.  Alcohol  13%. The nose had tight aromas of darker berries.  In the mouth were firm red fruit flavors that did not expand until the acidity came out in the finish.  With air the red fruit became darker with a subdued structure of fine and dry tannins.  The finish brought firm cherry flavors and a black, mineral finish.  **(*) 2016-2022.

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2013 Tenuta di Fessina, Erse, Etna Rosso – $23
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello
Cappuccio sourced from vines at 670 meters of elevation that was fermented and aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a light, grapey cherry.  On the second night the nose revealed attractive aromas of juicy fruit gum.  There were similar fruit flavors in the mouth.  The wine was not quite light bodied and existed from the very beginning around an integrated structure.  The tannins with a touch ripe, texture, an drying in the aftertaste.  The pretty, berrylicious flavors were matched by juicy acidity.  The wine picked up some weight towards the finish which emphasized the good fruit.  *** 2016-2020.

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