Our Score: 90
This rosé from Mount Etna is dry and crisp, balanced and persistent. Fresh red flowers, strawberry, raspberry and grapefruit complement the high minerality (sapid note) that comes from the volcanic soil. It is harmonious and easy to drink.
Grapes: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio
Pairing: Fish tartare, pasta with seafood, grilled shrimp, but also chicken salad and vitel tonné, arancini and fritto misto.
Appellation: Etna DOC, Italy
Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, and it recently began catching the attention of wine connoisseurs and sommeliers. On its northern, eastern and southern slopes, hundreds of farmers have grown grapes for centuries for family consumption, and wine was an important part of the meal more than a drink per se.
In the last 30 years, thanks to a consortium of visionary producers, Sicily in general, and the Etna region in particular, were able to implement more advanced farming and vinification processes which enhanced the uniqueness and the high quality of the grapes, soil and micro-climate (terroir).