Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie, Calabretta
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Organic

Nerello Mascalese Vigne Vecchie, Calabretta - 2014

Item # 24740 750mL
$33.99/ Single Bottle
$407.88 $367.09/ Case of 12
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Organic

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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

The Calabretta wines are from Etna and are distinct in that they long release after long aging in large old casks and then bottle. This means, the release is typically 6 to 8 years after the vintage. From 60 to 100 year old, ungrafted vines. Unique, soulful, complex on the palate.


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Staff Pick Notes

Very few of us have the storage space or the time and energy to be cellaring wine. You have to love producers like Calabretta that understand this and age their wines for us. Here you have a declassified Etna Rosso made from organically grown Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio whose vines average 80 years. It’s spent over three years in cask and seven in bottle. It’s a beautiful example of the positive effects of aging. Tannins are still there, but they’ve become dusty and soft. The wine shows a complex melange of flavors as black tea, cinnamon, and dried herb. You can also sense the flavors of balsamic, and earthy mushrooms that have developed over the years. Just loved this with my Korean short ribs the other day.

- CP

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