3 April 2012, 100 Jane Street, Manhattan
Most of my friends know I’ve been on a Sicilian wine kick for a few months now. After reading Palmento, by Robert Camuto, and trying several wines from Palari Faro, Frank Cornelissen, COS, Arianna Occhipinti, et al, I’ve been looking for new Sicilian wines to taste.
I tasted the 2010 Terre di Trente Carricante Bianco first at Babbo and then brought some to dinner at L’Artusi. I decided it was time to try this same producer’s red wine – the 2007 Terre di Trente Nerello Mascalese:
The wine is made from 70 year old vines on the steep terraces of Mount Etna. A completely organic and natural wine, it’s aged for 10 months in French oak barrels with a total production of ~3,000-4,000 bottles / year. The wine has a medium aroma of earthiness and tobacco which reminded me of a nicely aged Barolo. The palate was blackberry and vanilla with very strong tannins. Huge in the mouth and a very long finish. Given the structure of the wine, I’m very interested to see how this ages over the next few years. Great wine and even better value.
*** 2007 Terre di Trente Nerello Mascalese, $35