At Terre Nere vinification is simple, classic, and Burgundian in technique. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration on the skins last from 10 to 15 days; malolactic fermentation and maturation are carried out in oak (25% new). After 18 months the wine is bottled without filtering.
The Terre Nere vineyards are located at extremely high altitudes, ranging from 2100-2900 feet above sea level. The weather at such high altitudes--hot direct sunlight but cool shade and cold nights--makes the wines of Etna extraordinarily fine and elegant, devoid of the heat and overripe sensations that overwhelmingly define "Southern" wines. (As a rule of thumb, the ripening of red grapes above 3200 feet is extremely uncertain; these are the highest altitude red grapes in the old world!) A portion of Terre Nere's vines are pre-phylloxera; the rest are about 40-50 years old. The trellessing is "en goblet" or self standing. The grapes are harvested at the end of October (making it the second to last harvest in all of Italy, after Aglianico), which is a risky in and of itself: the weather always breaks before the harvest, endangering the grapes at their most delicate stage.
|James Suckling on Terre Nere: “For me, the wines of Tenuta delle Terre Nere dominate the quality winemaking scene in Etna with their various single-vineyard bottlings. Each one from Santo Spirito to Calderara Sottana delivers unique drinking experiences..."
|90 Points, Wine Spectator:
Elegant and well-knit, this tangy red is rich, with a baseline of smoke and grilled herb notes layered with flavors of wild strawberry, candied violet, dried cranberry and spice box, followed by a chewy finish. Drink now through 2023.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Vibrant and elegant, this opens with aromas that recall bright red berry, blue flower and brimstone. The sleek, linear palate offers red cherry, wild strawberry, mineral and savory herb. Polished tannins and bright acidity impart finesse. — Kerin O’Keefe
|Wine maker notes
|Terre Nere vineyards are on the northern face of the Mt. Etna Volcano, 650-700-900 meters above sea level.
Color: Ruby red
Nose: Red fruit, slightly balsamic
Flavor: Harmonic, good structure, elegant
Serving suggestions: White and red meat dishes, vegetables, medium aged cheese