Monday, September 05, 2011

2008 Firriato ETNA ROSSO (Sicily, Italy)

This is a blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese 20% Nerello Cappuccio grown on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna, and it is a WINNER.  Just electric in its nose and mouthfeel, with complexity and great balance.

Vibrant dark ruby color.  Fantastic nose of electric, stony/mineral-infused dark cherries with subtle wisps of fragrant woodsmoke.  (Those words don't do it justice -- it smells captivating.)  Intensely minerally and bright flavors.  Like sucking on a mouthful of freshly chipped rocks and ripe/tart cherries mixed with cherry jam.  Excellent acids make this thing dance, and the finish is long, clingy, and pure.  It went awesomely (can awesome be an adverb?) with a spinach pasta in a rich, cured meats, basil and parsley laced tomato sauce with squares of melting fresh mozzarella.  It will be a great accompaniment to any Italian tomatoey/winey braise or pasta dish.  A.  Imported by Margaux and Associates, I got this for about $20 at Spec's on Smith. 

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