Etna Rosso Guardoilvento, Pietro Caciorgna, Sicily 2016


Etna Rosso Guardoilvento, Pietro Caciorgna, Sicily 2016


When asked to choose a favourite from their list, wine merchants tend to compare their wines to their children, diplomatically saving themselves from having to voice a preference. Not us. If any one of our wines were wandering towards a cliff edge and this one were wandering in the opposite direction towards a disused mine shaft, we'd save this one. It has everything we love in a red wine: aromatic lift, juicy moreishness, terroir expression, varietal identity and bags of personality. It is made from our favourite Sicilian grape variety, Nerello Mascalese, which is a thin-skinned black grape, producing pale-coloured wines, similar in depth and weight to a Pinot Noir, and capable of translating the rocky minerality that comes from vines growing on the side of a volcano. Take a moment to savour the extraordinary aromas of apricot, jasmine, cherry and frankincense, which lead you to a seriously fine and elegant palate of red stone-fruits and cool pebbles. It's a very digestible, food-friendly wine with high acidity and a refreshing purity that leads you to demand another sip. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2023 (conservatively).

Customer comments:

"Feels like a perfect summer red. We really enjoyed it." - Mr. J.S.

"I love this wine, it's become my new fav!" - Ms. C.H.

Press review (previous vintage):

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin): "Fabulous nose – the smell of cool rain on hot, dry earth. Dried rose petals and then into a fistful of tannins. Sweet, confident red fruit tinged with citrus tang and crushed basil leaf. A strong sense of wet stones. Delicious cherry heart but the tannins really are soldered to the fruit! Brace yourself. Stock up on salty salumi. Chewy, savoury finish. Drink 2017-2022." 16.5 points

Decanter: "Exotic fruit cocktail nose with raspberry and passion fruit notes and a touch of cedar. Crunchy wild redcurrants and a creamy blueberry muffin texture [Sorry, what now?] giving a lush mouthfeel. Tannins are high and serious." 91 points

The Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Etna Rosso Guardoilvento is dedicated to the wind ("vento" in Italian) that is such an important component of the Etna growing environment. This wine sees all its fruit sourced from the Contrada Santo Spirito and will soon be renamed to reflect this fact. The fruit was beautiful in 2014 and the wine's aromas are pure and balanced as a result. This wine shows volume and power with red cherry, dried blackberry and volcanic ash at the back." 91 points

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