Tasca d'Almerita Contrada Painodario
SINGLE - SITE ETNA SUPERSTARS
The great 19th-century estate of Tasca d’Almerita took a major 21st-century step forward when they broadened out of their central-Sicilian base and in 2007 bought their first plots on Mount Etna. Clinging to the steep slopes of Europe’s highest volcano, the Nerello Mascalese grape produces wines of a unique perfume and delicacy for this southern latitude. Naturally pale in colour, moderate in body and haunting in aroma, they have more in common with Burgundy or Barbaresco than with their close neighbours. And like the best Pinot Noirs and Nebbiolos, the reds of Etna have the ability to communicate the subtlest nuances of site. For this reason, Tasca spent a decade working towards the release of these single-site, or contrada, wines, each of which expresses a highly distinct personality. Analogies with Burgundy are given below by way of describing those differences in a more familiar shorthand, and quantities are similarly tiny.
CONTRADA PIANODARIO 2017
Average Elevation: 775m above sea level
Harvested: October 28th
The high elevation of these 98 tiny terraces comes through on the floral nose and the bright, fresh berry fruit.
Burgundy twin: Chambolle-Musigny