The slopes of Mount Etna provide Andrea Franchetti ‘s team with interesting challenges, though the fact of the vineyard being sited on the slopes of a live volcano appears to be very low in Andrea’s concerns. His first task was to clear and restore long-abandoned terraces of ancient vines on the northern slopes of the mountain, replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare on thin lava dust. The high altitude, sun-drenched vineyards are idyllic yet a constant plume of smoke and the odd ash-filled belch present a constant reminder that Etna is indeed a volcano with attitude, given to relatively frequent lava spills. The volcanic minerality in the wines is however distinctive and impressive
"Jet plum and opaque, the colour announces a serious wine yet the nose is fresh and upbeat, much brighter than suggested by the wine's appearance and texture, clinging to the glass. The purity is exemplary, so precise, with almost citric focus so that the enormity of the palate is once again a surprise. Hugely powerful the tannins are nonetheless extremely fine-grained and the finish reveals electric intensity and freshness.
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