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.