2014 is a great vintage for Etna Rosso. This combined with exceptional fruit and a talented winemaker makes this wine showstopper. This is Pietro Caciorgna “N’Anticchia” (a little bit, in Sicilian dialect) made by winemaker Paolo Caciorgna. You can drink this now or lay it down for a few more years.. either or you will love it! Minkia che vino 🍷!!!
”This is a tiny operation but one that is totally quality driven. Winemaker Paolo Caciorgna has just under three hectares, which are spread out across the region. Etna lies on the eastern side of Sicily and reaches to a height of 11,000 feet, making it the highest active Volcano in Sicily. Viticulture dates back 2,500 years, although it is only recently that the area has undergone an exciting renaissance. The DOC was granted in 1968. The soils are sandy and volcanic but that is very much a simplistic statement as they evolve like no other vineyards due to the volcanic activity of Etna which erupts regularly. There is also variation; the soils of the north face are not the same as those of the south. The soils are also difficult to work, though one must remember that it was this very character of the soils that enabled the region to withstand the attack of Phylloxera, meaning that today there are a lot of very old, ungrafted vines. The high altitude of the vineyards allows the vines some respite from the warmth of the day as it can cool down significantly in the evenings, which helps prevent the better wines from being too rich. Paolo’s vineyards are only planted with the exciting local grape variety Nerello Mascalese. The Ciaurìa wine is made from the younger vines, whilst the N’Anticchia comes from fruit from the pre-phylloxera vines. Both have wonderfully intense, perfumed aromatics. Colours are lightish but there is weight and concentration, particularly in the top cuvée. They are both bursting with personality and are shining examples of what one of the world’s currently trendiest wine regions is capable of producing.”
2016 Etienne Becheras, Le Prieuré D’Arras, Crozes-Hermitage from the Rhône Valley in France. “Etienne Becheras’s domaine is polycultural. It extends for 12 hectares principally within the confines of the village of Arras which borders and overlooks the Rhone River on the western side. The domaine farms organically. The five hectares situated on the flat lands along the Rhone are planted to cherry and apricot trees. Three are four hectares of vineyards which are planted on the limestone and gravel soils which mount in altitude and are on steep hillsides. The vineyards are placed on long terraces supported by hand-constructed stone walls. As a result, almost all work must be done by hand without the aid of mechanical implements. The remainder of the property is dedicated to forest where the ash and acacia trees are used as building and heating materials and offer the extra advantage of presenting ideal conditions for the growth of edible mushrooms and truffles! The four hectares of vineyards are within the appellation of Saint Joseph. Only 4/10ths of a hectare are planted to the white grapes of Marsanne and Roussanne, enough to produce about four to six barrels (1200 to 1500 bottles) per year. The remaining 3.6 hectares are planted to Syrah with the various plots situated in the neighboring villages of Arras and Vion. In addition, Bécheras exploits an additional one hectare of vines further south in the village of Mercurol. From this site, a small amount of Crozes Hermitage Rouge is produced.”
1992 David Bruce Estate Reserve, Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California. Incredible how after 26 years in the bottle this wine still shows freshness acidity and delicate red fruits. Two more on the wine list @rusticcanyon