A hot and dry growing season put Marco de Grazia’s vineyard team to the test in 2017, but the results are simply stunning. After a torrid summer, cooling mistral winds arrived in October, drying out the vines and giving such healthy fruit that the estate was able to vinify the wine without the use of any sulfur dioxide for the first time in its history. Some of the vines that produce this wine have been rooted in Santo Spirito’s rich volcanic ash soils for a century, and in 2017 they yielded a wine that smells like a rose garden. Its intense floral and orange-zest scents give way to saturating red-cherry and raspberry flavors wrapped in lush, ripe tannins; with time in the glass, subtle spice notes emerge, the waves of flavor continuing long after the wine is gone.
Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY
Terre Nere 2017 Etna Rosso Santo Spirito
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This story appears in the print issue of October 2020.
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