Sicily’s Mount Etna has an ancient winemaking culture.
The quality tied tightly to the reputation of Mount Etna wines are altitude, exposure and terroir.
Working out of the cellar in their old familial house- an old wine merchants’ home from the 1930s, brothers Franco and Gianni Calcagno took on Tuscany-based enologist Alessandro Biancolin. Biancolin who was an oenologist at Passopiscario and Petra in Suvereto, brings an understanding of what makes a great wine. Keeping their ego out of the way, the winemaking at Calcagno is intended to let the vineyards express themselves through wines that are elegant, supple and complex.
With vineyards rising to 650 feet above sea level , volcanic soils from eruptions and broken lava flows transition to increasingly fine, volcanic sand as you climb the mountain. As in Burgundy, producers on Mount Enta like Calcagno have begun to recognize the distinctive characters of wines from specific parcels and sites, expressing them in the Feudo di Mezzo contrada-designated wine.
Ian D'Agata of Vinous Media said "Calcagno represents everything that Italy does so well in wine. An older generation of sharp, passionate individuals, a small vineyard holding in an exceptionally high quality viticultural area, and belief in local high quality native grape varieties. Calcagno is now into its fifth generation, and Giusy, daughter of Franco Calcagno (who runs the estate with his brother Gianni), is slowly starting to have a bigger role. The wines are made with the help of winemaker Alessandro Bianco, formerly of Passopisciaro, who joined in 2010 and whose first full vintage was the 2011."
The Fuedo di Mezzo 2014 was rated 94 points by D'Agata. He said "Dark red. Very deep long and rich with spicy, syrupy red berry and cherry aromas and flavors of noteworthy intensity. Finishes long and suave with an almost smoky note of crushed rocks. Ages twelve months in used oak barriques.
The Calcagno Etna Rosso 2014 and The Calcagno Feudo di Mezzo 2014 arrive in Australia for the first time in December
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