Alta Mora Guardiola Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy, 2014 (Nerello Mascalese)
Overview of the Wine
Alta Mora is a winery from the Cusumano family. These grapes are grown on 150 year old vines and harvested on the slopes of the active volcano, Mt. Etna, in Sicily. It has been a lifelong dream for the Cusumano brothers to build a winery among these black, fertile and dynamic soils. The Alta Mora name represents the great heights of the vineyards on the mountain and the dark, black volcanic soil. The volcano itself is nearly 11,000ft high and Guardiola vineyards are planted up to 3,000ft.
Alta Mora Guardiola Etna Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes - which are indigenous to Sicily and the predominant red grape of Mt. Etna. Many wine enthusiasts compare this wine to a Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. The deeply colored, thick-skinned grapes contribute gritty tannins and vibrant acidity.
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.
Grape / Blend
The nose opens with scents of ripe fruit, enriched by pleasant spicy and mineral notes. Spicy plum, red cherry, minerals and violet aromas have an almost pungent quality. The palate is broad, elegant and enveloping, with a lingering flavor.
96 - James Suckling
The crystal-clear nose of jasmine, slate, quartz, wild strawberries, blueberries and tons of orange rind, not to mention chocolate shavings and walnuts, is stunning. The full-bodied palate is expansive and fruit-forward...
95+ - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Etna Rosso Guardiola is a wine of unique beauty and character. Having seen this stunning vineyard in person and climbed its steep ascent on the flank of the volcano, I am immediately reminded of the warm...
94 - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2014 Etna Rosso Guardiola is also 100% Nerello Mascalese yet was brought up in barrels. Slightly deeper in color than the base Etna Rosso, it has a gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, currants, dried earth, licorice and a hint of chocolate. Deep, medium-bodied, beautifully concentrated, yet also light and graceful, with impeccable balance and fine tannin, it should keep for 10-15 years.