Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2018
Single-crop Nerello Mascalese, native variety grown in free-standing and espalier over 12 hectares of vines at an altitude of 600/800 metres above sea level in the contrade of Verzella, Pietramarina, Feudo di Mezzo and Solicchiata.
A harmonious, medium-bodied red, with flavors of baked cherry, dried fig, iron and thyme defined by light, plush tannins. Fresh, with a finish of spice and graphite. Drink now through 2028. 4,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.
The 2018 Etna Rosso impresses with masses of black cherry and balsam herbs complemented by a whiff of fresh mint. It's round yet juicy in feel, focused on purity of fruit, with tart berries cascading across its mineral core and lovely inner rose tones that build toward the close. This tapers off a bit short yet fresh, leaving a subtle tug of tannin and a bitter hint behind. The 2018 vintage was challenging on Etna, yet Alta Mora managed to cull an impressive entry-level Rosso from it in spite of that.