Contrada Santo Spirito di Passopisciaro Animardente, Nerello Mascalese Etna, Sicily, Italy, 2014
Overview of the Wine
Contrada Santo Spirito is a project of Antonio Moretti Cuseri, the owner of iconic properties Tenuta Sette Ponti and Podere Orma in Tuscany, and Feudo Maccari in Sicily. Morretti fell in love with the 14 ha estate planted to autochthonous grapes between 500-700m, located between Passopisciaro and Randazzo, on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Grape / Blend
100% Nerello Mascalese
Etna, Sicily, Italy
This nerello mascalese is crafted from 60+ year old ungrafted vines, fermented in wood and stainless, where it rested for six months. Anise, red liquorice, red florals, dried strawberry, worn leather, tobacco and walnut shells fill the textural, lighter-bodied palate, scented with raspberry, wild cherry, thorns, and gripped with herbal, fine hewn tannins. Subtle soil salts linger on the finish, brightining the finish, and contreyveying the 14.5 degrees alcohol. Rabbit, wild mushrooms would make an excellent pair.