Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2008
Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The color is intense and bright ruby red. On the nose is elegant, complex, ripe fruit with sweet spices notes. The flavor is ample, enveloping, elegant and persistent.
Serving suggestions include meat dishes and aged cheese.
"The 2008 Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito is dark, inviting and exceptionally polished. The big tannins
are there, but here there is so much sheer density in the fruit that the wine's structural components are barely
noticeable. This shows marvelous intensity all the way through to the dark, harmonious finish. Licorice, tar, and
smoke add the final dimensions of complexity. The Santo Spirito was aged in a combination of French oak
barrique, tonneau and cask, in roughly equal proportions. This is one of the more sensual of the 2008s."
The Wine Advocate
"From three acres of 50- to 70-year-old vines in Santo Spirito, this wine hides behind its dark tannin before revealing sophisticated layers of fruit. What is mute becomes black satin umami and then juicy cherry, a regal wine from the volcanic earth. This is hard to get to as a young wine, tart and lean, needing several years in bottle to show itself more completely. Everything is in place: It should prove to be a classic."
Wine & Spirits
"Bright dark red. Red cherry, raspberry and powdered rock on the nose; noticeably deeper and more complex than the entry-level Etna Rosso. Dense, sweet and creamy, with red berry and red cherry flavors lifted by floral and mineral components. Firm acids give the wine an attractive juicy quality and extend the flavors on the long, clean finish. This is creamier and more ready to drink than some of the other single-vineyard Terre Nere wines, but it has lovely minerality and a highly appealing juicy fruity quality."
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